No one wants to do without a water heater in their home, but many homeowners don’t know that periodic water heater maintenance is needed to keep their water heater working at maximum efficiency. Unfortunately, failing to perform water heater maintenance can lead to higher energy costs and a much shorter life for your water heater.
Some parts of the maintenance on your water heater can be done as a DIY project.
- Keep the area around the water heater clean. Dust and dirt can collect around your water heater just like any other object in your house. Because it’s usually tucked out of sight, it’s easy to forget that it needs cleaning. Sweep or vacuum the area around your water heater to keep down dust that can lead to clogs and corrosion.
- Check the water heater periodically for signs of leaks. If you see dripping water, call immediately to get the leak repaired before you end up with water damage.
- Check the drain pan periodically to make sure it’s draining properly. The drain pan is located under the water heater and typically should be dry. If it’s not, you may have a problem that requires a service call.
Some water heater maintenance is best left to a well-trained service technician. During a service call for water heater maintenance, the plumber will typically:
- Drain the water heater. Sediment and lime from your water build up in the bottom of the water heater. This build-up needs to be drained every six months. Some homeowners do this task themselves. However, it does involve turning off the gas or electricity and draining lots of extremely hot water, so many homeowners prefer to have a professional do the job.
- Check and replace the anode rods. Anode rods are metal rods that are inserted into your water heater. They attract chemical elements in the water that cause corrosion, so they protect your tank and extend its life. If you see rust or metal in your water, your anode rods may need replacing.
For more information about water heater maintenance or other HVAC matters, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve proudly helped Grand Traverse County homeowners with their HVAC and plumbing needs for more than 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about water heaters and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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