Water heaters are among the hardest working appliances in your home. If you have a tank water heater, which is likely, it is keeping a large number of gallons of water heated at all times just in case you need it. This results in a lot of wear and tear on the system. If not counteracted by frequent maintenance visits, the strain will lead to more frequent repairs and a shorter overall lifespan. That’s why it’s so important that you have your water heater maintained at least once a year. Read on to find out more about what happens when you have your water heater professionally checked.

Sediment Flushing

Even if you don’t have a hard water problem in your home, sediment will still build up in your water heater over time. This may not seem like a problem, but if the sediment is allowed to build up on the bottom of the tank it can act as an insulating agent. This will prevent the heat from the burner assembly from actually reaching the water, which will lower the output of the water heater.

Part of a water heater maintenance appointment includes opening up the tank valve and flushing the system out. This should carry all the sediment out of the tank, increasing the efficiency of your water heater.

Anode Rod Changing

The anode rod is the part that protects your water heater tank from rusting. It does this by degrading in place of the tank lining. While the protection afforded by the rod is effective, it is not permanent. Eventually, the rod will need to be replaced. So, during a maintenance appointment the anode rod should be checked and replaced if necessary.

If you haven’t scheduled your water heater maintenance appointment yet this year, call The Trusted Plumber. We provide water heater maintenance services throughout Phoenix, AZ.

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