We’ve previously discussed how important it is for you to maintain your water heater. Water heater maintenance increases the lifespan of your system, and makes it less likely to develop severe problems. However, we haven’t really gone over what actually happens when you have a technician examine your water heater system. We figured we’d go over some of the procedures we conduct during these visits, so that you can have a more complete understanding of why maintenance is so necessary.
If you have a storage water heater, like most people do, you have a large storage tank in which all of your water is heated. Over time, sediment tends to build up along the bottom of that storage tank, to the point that it can actually insulate the water inside from the heat from the burner assembly. That’s hardly conducive to an efficient water heater, so we tend to flush out the storage tank during every maintenance appointment. This gets rid of any buildup before it has the chance to cause problems.
Checking the Anode Rod
If you’ve been on this blog before, you already know what the anode rod does for the water heater. If you are new, though, let us briefly explain. The anode rod is a part that protects your water heater from rusting by itself degrading over time. If this rod is not replaced before it degrades completely, its protection will fail and the water heater will begin to rust. Every maintenance appointment, we check your water heater’s anode rod to make sure that it is still functioning. If not, we will replace it.
These are just a couple of the many steps we take during water heater maintenance appointments.
If you’d like to know more, call The Sunny Plumber. We provide water heater maintenance services throughout Phoenix, AZ.