Water heater maintenance is one of the most important things you can do to keep your system in good condition. There are a lot of different procedures that make up water heater maintenance, all of which help your system in different ways. Read on for more information on some of the more common water heater maintenance procedures.
Checking the Anode Rod
The anode rod is the part of the water heater responsible for preventing the storage tank from rusting. It is a long metal rod, usually made of magnesium or aluminum, which is inserted into the storage tank. As long as the rod is in contact with the water in the tank, it attracts the ions in the water that normally cause rust. The anode rod lasts for about a year, but after that point, it will become too degraded to continue protecting the tank. During a maintenance appointment, the anode rod will be checked and replaced if necessary.
Sediment can build up in the water heater over time, especially if the home has a hard water problem. Over time, this sediment can build up on the bottom of the tank until it insulates the water inside from the burner assembly. This will lower the output of the system significantly, to the point that the system may not be able to heat water at all. During a maintenance appointment, the tank is flushed out in order to remove any sediment buildup. If the buildup is already quite advanced and has hardened, it can be manually scraped out of the tank.
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