Plumbing Tips from an Avid DIY-er

Extending The Lifespan Of Your Water Heater Is Possible

Water heaters are among the most appreciated appliances among homeowners. They are not expected to last forever, but comfort and convenience can result in homeowners thinking that their water heaters do not need attention. This false sense of security can lead to a need for unexpected water heater system repairs or premature replacements. Homeowners who proactively choose to get routine plumbing inspections can lengthen the lifespans of their water heaters. Routine maintenance services include services that can ensure that extensive repairs are not needed. You may wonder what types of simple repairs can get performed during routine maintenance. The following points will help to raise your awareness regarding simple water heater system repairs that can prevent extensive damages to your valued appliance. 

Anode Rod Replacement

The anode rod in water heaters is an integral component. Water heaters that do not get serviced will eventually exhibit signs of failing anode rods. These components can fail due to age or due to mineral deposits. It is wise for homeowners to plans for the possibility of a failed anode rod before the end of the lifespan of their water heaters. Replacing these rods is a simple fix compared to replacing an entire water heater. However, some homeowners ignore the signs of anode rod failure. The negligence can severely impact water heaters and result in a variety of issues such as rust and leaks.

Routine Tune-ups

It may sound unimportant to get your water heater tuned up periodically. Tune-ups involve checking water heaters for worn parts and addressing issues such as energy efficiency and predicted replacement time frames. They also involve performing checks on water heaters that can reduce the chances of circumstances such as water damage occurring from leaky units. If your goal is to know when you might need a new water heater, tune-ups can possibly provide ample warning from a professional. This will allow you time to plan accordingly. 

Tank Flushing

If water heater tanks do not get flushed, there is a risk of sediment build-up. The mineral coating can negatively impact water heater performance and lead to the aforementioned damages to anode rods and rust. Tank flushing also aids in ensuring that hot water heaters can conduct heat as intended. Routine flushing minimizes the mineral content and can lengthen the lifespan of water heaters. 

A plumber is a good resource to use to understand more about water heaters. They can perform inspections and identify high mineral content through water testing.