Common Water Heater Maintenance Procedures

Water heaters are incredible sturdy systems. They have to be, considering how often they are used every day. Even they need the occasional maintenance appointment in order to remain in top shape, however. When you schedule annual water heater maintenance, we go through a pretty long list of procedures to make sure that your system is in good shape. There are far too many to go through the entire list on this post, but we can give you a rundown of some of the bigger items.

Checking the Anode Rod

The anode rod is the part that prevents your water heater tank from rusting. It does this by slowly degrading over time, attracting the ions that normally cause your tank lining to rust. The problem is that this protection is not permanent. Once every year or so, the rod will need to be replaced in order to maintain protection. We check and make sure that your anode rod is still functioning, and replace it if it isn’t.

Flushing the Tank

Sediment can build up on the bottom of the water heater tank over time, especially in homes that have a hard water problem. This sediment can eventually become so thick that it insulates the bottom of the tank. The water heater won’t be able to heat the water in the tank, because the sediment will block it. In order to prevent this, we flush out the water heater tank to get rid of the sediment buildup. If the buildup is already hardened, it can be scrubbed out manually. This is typically not done every maintenance appointment, but is handled on a case-by-case basis.

If your water heater needs maintenance, call Tim Beil Plumbing. We provide water heater maintenance services throughout Bethlehem, PA.