Water heaters are placed under a lot of stress during operation, and require a lot of maintenance to have a healthy lifespan. Prompt repairs are good when the occasional problem presents itself, but preventive maintenance is the best way to make sure that your water heater avoids serious issues. Let’s take a look at some of the procedures done during water heater maintenance, and the benefits they provide.
Flushing the Tank
The vast majority of the water heaters in the country are tank models, which means that they are susceptible to sediment buildup. Sediment is the result of minerals in the water settling on the bottom of the tank. This is far worse if you have hard water in your home, which has unusually high mineral content. As sediment builds up on the bottom of the tank, it can eventually get so bad that it insulates the tank from heat. In order to prevent this from happening, the tank is often flushed out during maintenance to remove the sediment buildup.
Checking the Anode Rod
The anode rod is a long metal rod, which is inserted into the water heater tank. As long as the anode rod is in contact with the water in the tank, it will prevent the lining of the tank from rusting. The anode rod doesn’t last forever, though. Eventually, it will degrade to the point where it can no longer protect the tank from rusting. At that point, you’ll need to install a new anode rod to keep protecting the water heater tank. During annual water heater maintenance, your technician will likely check and replace the anode rod as necessary.
If you need to schedule water heater maintenance, call The Trusted Plumber. We offer a full range of water heater maintenance services throughout Paradise Valley, AZ.