Water heater maintenance is extremely important, not just for the life of your water heater, but also for the safety of your home.
Water heaters need to be flushed at least once a year. Calcium and magnesium build up in the tank, and if it’s left to sit there, it collects on the sides and components. It’s going to decrease the life and efficiency of the water heater.
You’ll start to see signs of that build-up when you notice your water isn’t heating as quickly, or if you run out of hot water faster than you used to.
There’s a component inside the water heater called an anode rod that needs to be replaced every one or two years. The anode rode is there to take some of the calcium and magnesium out of the water. Replacing it regularly will extend the life of your water heater.
Our plumbing experts see water heaters leak every day, due to lack of maintenance. And if your water heater is in the attic, it’s even worse. Now you’re looking at sheetrock damage and all sorts of other issues.
We also need to check your T&P, or temperature and pressure valve, twice a year. You can go out there yourself and raise it up to see that it’s working. If it’s not, you essentially have a ticking time bomb in your closet or attic. I’m not trying to use a scare tactic here, but water heaters can explode, and that’s obviously a really scary situation. So, we need to regularly check your T&P valve.
If you haven’t had regular maintenance on your water heater this year, give the On Time Experts a call at 469-336-3435 or go to our website and fill out a web submission.