Water Heater Maintenance Tips

Water heater maintenance is incredibly important, even though most homeowners think about water heaters as an install-and-forget-about-it kind of appliance. When the hot water runs out, people realize how vital it is to care for water heaters correctly.

Damage can exist, even if it is not visible

Water heaters are enclosed tanks so many people do not realize the wear and tear they face since they cannot directly see the damage. They assume that as long as the tank is putting out hot water, it is in perfect working condition when this is ,not true. A little easy care could go a long way in preserving the life and function of a home's water heater?

Risk for damage

A water heater is constantly pumping water in and out of its tank. During this process, sediment, minerals and dirt are filtered through and end up settling on the bottom of the tank. No matter what kind of water quality a home has, all water has some minerals that can settle.

When the minerals and sediment add up in the tank, it cannot work efficiently, and it faces damage like rust and corrosion. Once rust and corrosion set in, the water quality entering the home will be poorer and the tank will fail to heat water well and may need to be replaced. Follow these three tips for maintenance to ensure the water heater stays in optimal working condition.

Home water heater maintenance tips

1. Drain the water

It is important to drain at least one-quarter of the tank every few months. Draining some water from the bottom of the tank gets rid of any settling sediment. This process is easy. Turn off the cold water supply valve, hook a water hose to the drain valve and run the water from the hose outside or into a bucket. Do this until the water runs out clear rather than cloudy or dirty. This simple process will allow the dirtiest part of the tank to clear out, so the water heater does not have to work as hard.

2. Test the temperature-pressure relief valve

The temperature-pressure relief valve, also known as the TPR valve, is designed to release pressure automatically if a water heater exceeds safe levels of pressure. Testing this valve annually will ensure that it works when it is needed. After placing a bucket under the discharge pipe attached to the TPR valve, open the valve to make sure pressure releases and hot water flows into the bucket.

3. Examine and replace the anode rod

Anode rods are small parts of a water heater that are often forgotten about, but they play an important role. The purpose of an anode rod is to protect the water heater from rust damage. The rod receives damage through electrolysis instead of allowing rust to reach the inside of the tank.

Every few years, the rod should be unscrewed and removed. Once removed, ensure that less than 6 inches of steel wire is still exposed and that there is no calcium build up on the rod. If the anode rod does not meet these requirements, replace it for optimal performance.

Give us a call

These three maintenance tricks will elongate the life of your water heater. If they seem too complicated to perform or you would rather let a professional handle the maintenance of your water heater, we can help. Make sure water heater maintenance is a priority and learn more tips like these by calling for more information today.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with us, call (562) 457-4206. Our office is located in Cerritos. Call Prodigy Plumbing Inc today.

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