As we get headed into the coldest months of the year, there are several things we are doing around our homes and yards to ensure our homes are ready for winter. One appliance that many people forget needs to be maintained in the fall is the water heater. No one wants to experience a water heater failure when they go to step into a hot shower during the winter. Randall’s Plumbing is here to talk about some routine maintenance you should be having done on your water heater to ensure it is ready for the cold weather as well.
What Happens if You Don’t Flush Your Water Heater?
One of the issues that water heaters run into most often is sediment build up in the bottom of the tank. When you drain your water heater tank once a year, it helps to avoid this sediment build up. The fall months are the perfect time of year to do this. Most households use far more hot water during the winter than any other time of the year. If that sediment is allowed to sit in the bottom of the tank for too long, it can cause corrosion to happen much sooner.
How to Tell if Water Heater Anode Rod is Bad
Some people don’t realize that the anode rod on your water heater isn’t a permanent fixture. It is a rod made of magnesium, zinc or aluminum with a steel core. While they are temporary, they place an important role of making sure your water tank doesn’t rust. This is why you need to be inspecting the anode rod on a regular basis. If there is any sign of corrosion, it needs to be replaced to avoid damage. Most people can get around 3-5 years out of their anode rod before they need to replace it. Because things can happen and it can corrode sooner, you should be inspecting it regularly to ensure it isn’t showing signs of corrosion yet.
Adjust Temperature on Water Heater
Have you noticed how much easier it is to get hot water out of your faucet during the summer months? When the temperature outside is warmer, your water heater doesn’t have to work as hard to heat the water. As the temperature drops, you will likely have to turn up the temperature on your water heater to ensure you get the hot water that you need. This should be done with caution as you can turn it too hot and end up burning yourself. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it on your own, you can call a professional plumber for help.
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If you are experiencing problems with your water heater, you can call on the plumbing professionals at Randall’s Plumbing to solve your water heater woes. Your water heater is an essential appliance in your home that you don’t want to go without. If you haven’t scheduled your water heater maintenance appointment yet this fall, call us today!