Maintenance can help extend life of your water heater


By Terry Leamon, my Maricopa plumber

Wondering if it is necessary to flush with a water heater? Do you regularly maintain your boiler?

Well, if not, you should be. It will help prevent your water heater from going out, or worse, from leaking. Doing so will extend the life of your water heater. The mineral content and
water hardness determines how often you should flush. Annual rinses, if not every six months, are recommended.

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If your water heater is not flushed regularly, it can corrode more quickly. The sediment is also possible
block the drain valve and also the temperature and pressure relief valve, which prevents your water
heater against exploding. If the water heater does not drain or drains slowly, the problem is
is likely a build-up of sediment blocking the drain valve. Once the water heater has drained it will flow steadily and your water heater will be back up and running and your water heating up again.

Another important key to extending the life of your water heater is the anode rod. What is the anode rod, you ask, and why is it important? It is a temporary steel core wire surrounded by magnesium, aluminum or zinc.

An anode rod exists to avoid the metal liner on the inside of your water heater
explosion or corrosion over time. The rod goes into the top of the boiler and attracts the caustic materials so that they are the first to rust.

However, over the course of 3-4 years, the anode rod will completely rust away. When it
NOT replaced, materials will begin to corrode the water heater itself, which can eventually lead to leaks. The anode rod should be replaced every three years if you have a water softener and every four years if you don’t.

Regular maintenance is extremely important to extend the life of your water heater and
prevent water damage from leaks or rusting out of the soil.

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