Common Water Heater Maintenance Procedures

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Of all the various appliances that you use in your home, your water heater is the one you probably use the most. Think about it: you probably use other appliances, like your heater or air conditioner, for only a few months out of the year. You very likely use your water heater multiple times a day. All of that usage creates a lot of stress on the system, which is why maintenance is so important. Read on to find out more about what happens during a water heater maintenance appointment.

Checking the Anode Rod

The anode rod is a long metal rod, comprised of aluminum, magnesium or zinc, which is inserted into the water heater tank. While the anode rod is in contact with the water in the tank, it will attract the ions that cause rust. Essentially, the anode rod protects the water heater tank from rusting. The anode rod cannot last forever, though. The part will degrade over time as long as it is in the tank, eventually wearing down to the wire at its core. At that point, it will no longer be able to protect the water heater. Part of any water heater maintenance appointment is checking the anode rod and replacing it if necessary.

Flushing the Tank

Over time, sediment can build up in the bottom of the water heater tank. This is especially likely if you have a hard water problem in your plumbing. If the sediment buildup is not dealt with, it can eventually grow large enough to insulate the bottom of the tank. In order to keep the tank properly heated, the sediment needs to be flushed out every once in a while. That’s exactly what happens during water heater maintenance appointments.

If you need a water heater maintenance appointment, call Bell Plumbing and Heating. We offer water heater maintenance services throughout Denver, CO.

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