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3 Essential Maintenance Tips To Keep A Water Heater Working

Do you have a water heater that no longer heats water as well as it once did? Are you worried that it's not going to be able to heat water at all once winter arrives? Unfortunately, water heaters aren't something that can last indefinitely. Depending on maintenance schedules and the water in your area, a water heater might only last for a few years, or it can last a decade or more. The better you care for your water heater, the longer it will take before you need to get another new one. Some things that you can do to keep your water heater working for as long as possible include:

Annual draining: Over time, the minerals in your tap water can precipitate out and drop down to the bottom of your water heater's tank. Over time, this can make your water heater less efficient, and your heating element can burn out much more quickly. If you want to avoid having to deal with a premature water heater installation, you'll need to drain this sediment out from the bottom of the tank on a yearly basis. Talk to a professional regarding exactly how and when to do this with your new tank.

Replace anode rod: In order to preserve the lining of the water heater's tank for as long as possible, one of the essential parts of a brand new water heater installation is a sacrificial anode rod. This rod is made out of something like magnesium or aluminum and has been designed to dissolve over time. This helps prevent the water from eating away at the tank itself. Eventually, this rod will wear out to the point that it needs to be replaced. If not replaced in a timely manner, your tap water can start to eat away at the tank itself, and your water heater will start to leak.

Professional inspection: You don't necessarily need to have your water heater inspected by a professional every single year, but you shouldn't wait until there's an obvious issue to call a repair technician. By having your water heater inspected regularly, you can have things like a damaged heating element replaced before it starts to damage your water heater or to give you cold water. The sooner you get it fixed, the less likely it is that you're going to need a brand new water heater installation in the near future.


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