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How to Maintain Your Water Heater

Last updated 4 years ago

Your home’s water heater is one of its hardest-working appliances. Often, homeowners don’t spare much thought for their water heaters until problems arise, but a few preventive measures can help to avoid costly repairs or replacement. Maintaining your water heater requires only a few moments of your time once a year for consistent performance.

Replace the Anode Rod
Your water heater has a piece of metal called an anode rod to prevent buildup inside the tank. The anode rod is made from a strip of magnesium or aluminum, which attracts corrosive materials in place of the tank walls to maintain the tank’s integrity. However, once the rod becomes corroded, a new one is needed. You can check the anode rod yourself by first draining a few gallons of water, then unscrewing the rod. If the anode rod is coated completely with calcium or appears less than half an inch thick, it requires replacement.

Flush the Tank
Flushing your water heater’s tank once a year will further help to prevent buildup of sediment and other debris. If your water heater is making clanging noises, you should also flush the tank to clear it of sediment and scale. Attach a hose to the drain valve to guide the tank’s contents into a drain or outside your home. Remember that the water leaving your heater will be hot. Once the tank is empty, close the valve and refill it.

Check the Release Valve
All water heaters have an emergency pressure-release valve, which releases water if the pressure inside the tank rises too high. Check this valve by placing a bucket under its drain pipe and lifting the tab for a few seconds before releasing it. If water continues to drain even after the valve has closed, it could be faulty and should be replaced.

If you need water heater repairs or replacement in New Lenox, contact Expert Plumbing Service at (708) 231-4792. Our plumbers are proud to provide high-quality service, materials, and craftsmanship. We invite you to click through our website to learn more about us! 


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