What To Know About Your Hot Water Heat After It's Been Installed

Being a first-time homebuyer is both exciting and full of many challenges. When you have to deal with unexpected things like a new water heater tank installation, you may not know the first thing about it. Once your water heater installer has everything installed and ready to roll, there are a few things that you may want to know for the future. 

Can I Store Stuff Next to It? 

Most people have their hot water tanks in their mechanical room. While your mechanical room may have a few extra feet of space, if it is not much more than that, then look for another area to store things. If you do store things in the same proximity as your water heater, just remember to put them in watertight containers that are made of plastic. If you store cardboard boxes in your mechanical room and your water tank explodes, then it may get everything all wet and damaged. 

How Do I Reset It? 

Your water heater will automatically turn off and reset if the water inside of the tank gets above 180 degrees Fahrenheit. If, however, you have noticed that your water is either too hot or too cold then it may also need to be reset. To do this, all you really have to do is press the reset button located on the side of your water heater. Depending on the type of heater you have, it could take several hours for it to drain and refill, or it may be done a lot sooner than that. The good news about just having a water tank installed is that you shouldn't have to reset it very often. 

How Long Does It Last? 

Because you just paid a hefty price for your new water heater to be installed, you may wonder how long you have on average until you need a new one. The good news is that most homeowners won't have to replace their water heaters for anywhere from eight to twelve years on average, which will give you plenty of time to save or to put your money towards other things. 

Now that you have a brand new hot water heater, you can enjoy warm baths, clean laundry, clean dishes, and just the comfort of knowing that it's not going to breakdown anytime soon. To learn more about hot water heaters or hot water heater installation, contact an HVAC company near you like Silverdale Plumbing & Heating Inc.