Water heaters are placed under an extreme amount of stress from the time they are installed onward. Most water heaters never turn off, instead keeping a constant supply of hot water at the ready 24/7, in case you need to use it. This makes annual professional maintenance more important for water heaters than almost any other system. In order for you to understand just how important water heater maintenance is, you should have an understanding of the various procedures that are conducted during an appointment. Read on for an explanation of some of the most common, and important, parts of a water heater maintenance appointment.
Checking the Anode Rod
The anode rod is a part designed to prevent your water heater tank from rusting. As long as the rod is in the tank, it will slowly degrade instead of the tank itself. However, there comes a point where the anode rod is too degraded to continue protecting the water heater. At that point, it needs to be replaced or the tank will start to rust. So, we always make sure to check the anode rod during a maintenance appointment.
Water carries a certain amount of sediment with it, small amounts of minerals that are typically harmless. Over time, though, these minerals can build up on the bottom of the water heater tank. If not cleared out, they can eventually build up so thick that they prevent the heat from the burner assembly from actually reaching the water. Fortunately, this is fairly easy to fix. When we check your water heater, we flush the tank to get rid of any mineral buildup. If the buildup is already fairly advanced, we can manually scrub out the bottom of the tank.
If you haven’t scheduled water heater maintenance in at least a year, call Rentmeister Total Home Service. We serve the entire Layton, UT area.