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Avoiding Problems with Your Water Heater

water-heater-technicianWhen you take a shower in the morning, you probably aren’t just hosing off under frigid water, right? Of course not! You have a water heater of some type installed in your home, and it provides you with all of the hot water that you need in order to shower comfortably, do the dishes, wash the linens, and clean up in general. Considering how major a role your water heater plays each and every day, it only makes sense you do everything possible to protect it.

When you schedule your water heater services in Tampa, FL with our plumbers, you can count on the water heater being sized appropriately for your needs, and that it will be expertly installed in your home. What you cannot count on, though, is a 100% reliable water heater. All appliances are subject to occasional problems, and your water heater is no exception to this rule. We have a few tips that will help you to avoid any such issues as much as possible.

Keep An Eye Out for Signs of Leaks

What do the signs of hot water heater leaks look like? Discoloration and rust on pipes or the tank itself. Water pooling on the floor around the appliance. Even higher energy and water costs, as the water heater is forced to labor harder due to the hot water that is leaking out of it. It is important to catch signs of trouble early because, at a certain point, leaks are going to start getting unfixable.

Leaks in connecting pipes or other exterior plumbing components can typically be fixed. At the very least, you’ll only be looking at the replacement of one small part of the water heater. Once corrosion hits a point where the tank itself is leaking, however, there is really no turning back. You’ll need a new water heater in that event.

Have the Tank Flushed

Some plumbers advocate flushing the hot water storage tank as frequently as twice a year, while others may say annually. Ultimately, it depends on a number of factors. One of the most important is water quality. If you have hard water in your home, for instance, you’ll likely wind up with more sediment at the bottom of the tank because there is a higher level of minerals in the water to begin with.

When that sediment settles at the bottom of the tank, it can create a thick barrier between the heating elements/flame and the water itself. When this happens, the system will work harder than it should have to in order to heat the water. It may also overheat, and can lead to considerable wear and tear or,  eventually, repair needs.

Change the Anode Rod

The anode rod is a vital component of any tank-style water heater. Basically,  the anode rod attracts corrosive elements that are in the water, and it is designed to degrade faster than the tank itself will. This sacrifice on the anode rod’s part helps to protect your tank from rusting out and leaking, which would make a replacement necessary. Keeping a fresh anode rod in the water heater will prevent problems like this.

Schedule your water heater services with Experts Plumbing Services, LLC.

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