Water Heater Maintenance Tips For Heating Season

As the ground gets colder, so do the pipes going to your home, which means your water heater has to work harder. Give it some care and it’ll take care of you.

Flush Out the Tank: It’s best to empty your water tank out at least once a year. Doing so allows you to clean out any sediment that may have accumulated.

Replace the Anode Rod: An anode rod is made of magnesium, zinc or aluminum around a steel core. These rods play a crucial role in preventing the water tank from rusting. In general, the anode rod is meant to react and corrode in place of the metal within the water storage tank. Therefore, you should replace it to prevent damage to the tank.

Turn Up the Water Temperature: If your water needs to travel through cold pipes before reaching your sink or shower, it will lower your water temp. To compensate, you may need to increase the water heater’s temperature by a few degrees in order to experience the hot water you want.

Get a safety check: You should check for both possible water leakage and carbon monoxide leakage.

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