Would you like your water heater to last 10+ years?
If so, you need to prevent the tank from rusting and forming leaks. (Once you have a leak, you might as well replace the tank.)
Do you know what causes rust and water leaks that lead to your water heater’s downfall?
Most homeowners just don’t know how to maintain their water heater (or even that it needs maintenance to begin with). Just because you are on city water does not mean that your water has no containments that could case harm to your water heater, It does not matter if you live in Seneca Falls, Geneva or Newark, all treatment plants leave elements in your water that can rust out your tank or leave deposit build ups over time. If you have well water it is even more important to service your heater.
Here are 2 maintenance tasks you should do to keep your water heater in good working order for years to come.
1) Change the anode rod—protects against internal rus. The anode rod helps your water heater live longer. It’s a 3-5 foot rod inside the water heater that slows the water heater tank from rusting/corroding.
Anode rods are made of aluminum, magnesium, zinc, or some combination of those metals. These metals are able to save the steel tank from rusting using a chemical reaction called electrolysis.
Electrolysis is when 2 metals touch under water, the least “noble” metal (the more reactive one) always corrodes before the more noble metal will. Aluminum, magnesium, zinc are less noble than steel, so they will corrode before steel will.
In this case, the anode rod rusts and corrodes before the water heater’s steel tank will.
But once the anode rod corrodes, your water heater’s tank is next.
How often do you replace an anode rod?
This depends on a few factors:
How do I check/replace the anode rod?
1) First, turn off the power to the water heater and the cold-water inlet valve at the top of the water heater. You don't want to get shocked or have any water pressure in the tank
Second, look on top of your water heater, and you’ll see a hex bolt holding the anode in place. Unscrew it and pull the rod up and out of the water heater.
If the rod has rusted through (or the space above the water heater is limited), you’ll have a hard time removing the rod and will need help from a professional. LeGrand and Company Plumbing Repair is just a phone call away.
2) Draining/flushing the water heater tank once a year prevents sediment buildup. Over time, rust from the anode rod and minerals from hard water settle on the bottom of your water heater as nasty sediment.
This sediment acts as a layer between your hot water and the water heater’s burner which:
A deteriorated water heater tank will eventually leak and possibly burst, causing costly water damage in your home. Water heater failures cost an average of $4,450 per incident after the deductible is paid according to the insurance industry.
If you have a gas water heater you can also check and clean the flue.
If you have an electric water heater you will need a professional to check the elements and thermostats.
LeGrand And Company Plumbing Repair and Service is just a phone call away. We service Canandaigua, Waterloo, Lyons and many more area in the Fingerlakes area of New York. If you need assistance just call us at 315-704-3566 or go to our website at: http://www.legrandandcompany.com You can also visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/LeGrandAndCompany
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