How do I care for my water heater?
To improve your water heater’s efficiency and keep it functioning for years to come, be sure to schedule regular maintenance, replace the anode rod once every five years, and regularly flush the tank.
- Schedule Inspections
You should have your water heater inspected at least once a year to make sure it’s functioning properly and efficiently. During an inspection, your plumber will examine each part of your water heater closely, looking for signs of damage and wear. They’ll also check for charred metal and black residue as these are signs of a heat or combustion issue. If you have a gas water heater, your plumber will also ensure the gas supply lines are properly intact with no leaks.
- Flush Your Water Heater
If you have a tank type water heater, you’ll want to have it flushed every year to help remove sediment buildup that could otherwise impact your water heater’s efficiency and lifespan.
- Check the Anode Rod
The anode rod helps keep corrosion away from the tank’s interior. It generally lasts around 5 years before it needs to be replaced. Check the anode rod yearly and replace it when it begins to form a thick gel on the surface or when it begins to smell.
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