5 ways to increase the life-span of your new water heater
- Check the pressure relief valve: This is usually found on the side or top of the heater. Place a bucket under the discharge pipe and carefully lift the lever. If water is not released, the valve needs to be replaced. You can find these at most hardware supply stores. The purpose of the valve is to prevent excess pressure from causing the tank to explode. If the pressure gets too high, the valve should open automatically, releasing water and preventing the tank from exploding. If the valve is leaking, it needs to be replaced.
- Check the anode rod: Anode rods are made of either aluminum or magnesium, the rod sticks down into the water held in the water heater tank. The rod itself corrodes over time but prevents the metalized inside of the tank from corroding. You can see in the picture to the right a representation (not to scale) of anode rod corrosion. If you have a water softener, the anode rod should be inspected yearly. If you do not, the anode rod can go for about 2 years between inspections.
- Clean out (Drain) your tank: Over time sediment builds up inside water heater tanks. This sediment buildup can decrease your water heaters efficiency as well as decrease the amount of water it is actually holding since the sediment build-up takes up space.
- Keep the top of your water heater clean: This will make it possible to notice any water that has been dripping from pipes above which indicates ball valve leak or water heater flex lines, due to corrosion. If you notice this, call us at (480) 433-8182 to schedule and appointment today!
- Check pressure on house: This will make certain that you do not have too much water pressure which could cause your tank to crack; if the pressure is above 75 psi, I recommend putting in a new pressure regulator. At night when nobody (usually) is using water, the pressure can spike. Without a functioning pressure regulator to stop the excess water pressure from reaching the tank, the tank may crack.
Water Heater Anode Rod
Regular water heater inspections can help improve the life of your water heater or let you know when a problem exists and gives you a chance to do something about it before a small problem becomes a big problem. Our plumbers in Mesa, Tempe, and Scottsdale AZ have a special pump that will pull most of the sediment out. Call us today to schedule a yearly water heater maintenance plan or one time inspection at (480) 433-8182. Click here to verify our License (Just Type in Beach Plumbing LLC and then click on more info) and here to verify our BBB rating!