The centuries-old axiom, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” still rings true today when it comes to taking care of your home’s essential systems. Why wait for something to break down before you call a professional? It doesn’t make sense. What does make good sense is scheduling regular water heater tune ups in the spring or fall to keep your hot water flowing efficiently year-round.
Water heaters are susceptible to corrosion because they are manufactured of steel. To help prevent the storage tank from rusting, an aluminum or magnesium anode rod is installed. The aluminum and magnesium metals rust before the steel storage tank does.
Anode rods last about three to four years before they have corroded beyond the point of usefulness. So, it’s very important that your plumber replaces the anode rod every few years to prevent the storage tank from rusting and leaking water in your home.
Water Heating Efficiency
Water heaters warm up cold intake water with an electric heating element or a gas burner. Three common situations that occur with water heaters that reduce heating efficiency are:
- The electric heating element or the combustion components age and falter.
- The heating components become dirty and heat water less efficiently.
- Sediment on the bottom of the storage tank inhibits efficient heating.
During annual preventive maintenance, your plumber drains the tank to remove deposits, cleans the combustion chamber, and inspects the heating element — saving you energy and helping your water heater last longer.
Schedule Pro Maintenance or DIY?
Modern home comfort systems, such as your water heater and HVAC systems, are sophisticated equipment that requires a knowledgeable pro to service. There are electrical parts to check, combustion parts to test and inspect, and much more.
As a homeowner, you can help maintain your storage tank between service visits by draining a gallon of water from the drain bib of the tank every few months. This helps keep sediment and deposits to a minimum.
To learn more about maintenance of your water heater, contact us at Roth Heating & Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical to schedule water heater service.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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