It’s imperative that your water heater receives regular care to avoid two common problems that can have disastrous, irreversible results:
- Sediment buildup: Water naturally carries minerals that will leave sediment in your system over time. And the hotter the water is, the more sediment it will deposit. It is also, by nature, corrosive. Sediment deposited by water can destroy a water heater.
- Corrosion: Water that is too soft leads to rusting and corrosion, which will eventually destroy the anode rod component, which is designed to prevent rusting.
Water Heater Maintenance Tips
- Maintain a water heater temperature under 120 degrees to prevent corrosion and the potential for scalding in the shower or at the faucet.
- If you have soft water, make sure the anode rod suspended in your water heater is inspected annually; it might need to be replaced as often as every two years. If you have harder water, it can be replaced less often.
- It is almost impossible to completely avoid sediment, but to keep sediment buildup to a minimum, the manufacturer usually recommends the system be flushed a couple of times per year. A buildup of sediment can decrease the efficiency of the system, and interfere with the system’s ability to hold its water capacity.
- Keep in mind that using soft water with water heaters will increase corrosion, while hard water generally produces more scale and sediment buildup, and take the appropriate action.
The best way to avoid these problems is to have your water heater maintained by an expert every year. This will ensure that corrosion and sediment are kept to a minimum, and will enable you to evaluate the balance of your water’s hard/soft condition.
For HVAC service in northeast Ohio, contact us at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling today. We’ve been servicing water heaters and HVAC equipment for homeowners since 1936.
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