09 Mar Maintain Your Water Heater
One of the major causes of water heater problems is the buildup of minerals in the heater’s tank. These deposits are left behind when water is heated. As these deposits build up, the water heater has to work harder to heat water, and deposits take up room in the tank, so there is less water to be heated. The result is loss of efficiency and eventual failure of the water heater.
It is recommended, on an annual basis, that water heaters be drained and flushed, to keep mineral buildup at a minimum. If this doesn’t sound like fun, and it isn’t, let us do it for you. At the same time, we also check the temperature and pressure relief valve, shut off valve and drain valve for proper operation, and check for water leaks at your water heater location.
Another item that directly effects the life expectancy of your water heater is the anode rod. Anode rods are an aluminum, magnesium or zinc tube inside a water heater. These rods are much more susceptible to corrosion than the other steel parts inside the water heater. In simple terms, the anode rod is a sacrificial element that corrodes, saving the other steel parts. Once the anode rod has completely corroded, it will no longer protect the water heater and will need to be replaced. Part of our normal water heater flush is to take note of the anode rod’s condition and replace as necessary. Click here to read our full article on water heater maintenance.