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The Importance of an Annual Water Heater Flush and Maintenance

The Importance of an Annual Water Heater Flush and Maintenance

One of the most essential components of your plumbing system is your water heater. From your morning showers to doing the dishes after supper, you and your family depend on your water heater working appropriately and effectively. At Action Air, we suggest that homeowners stay mindful of their water heater upkeep. In this article, we’ll discuss the advantages of an annual water heater flush and maintenance. We will also touch upon the possible erosion of anode bar and the solutions.


What are the advantages of water heater maintenance?

With the correct yearly maintenance and upkeep, you can extend the life of your water heater, while ensuring its safety and proficiency. Two of the yearly water heater maintenance tips examined in this article—a water heater flush and a pressure relief valve test—can be easily performed by homeowners around 15 minutes. An anode bar replacement is something you should put on the schedule to be dealt with halfway through the life of your water heater.


Schedule a yearly water heater maintenance with the professionals at Action Air! Have one of the handymen at Action Air examine your water heater routinely to guarantee that it keeps on working productively and successfully.


What is a water heater flush?

After some time, residue and mineral buildup can start to gather within the water heater tank, commonly at the base. This material can sometimes be released into the tap water, though in general it doesn’t make it into the plumbing fixtures. Thus, it remains. At the point when enough of it has gathered, it can begin to adversely affect the water heater’s productivity and execution, basically shaping a thick layer between the warming component and the water in the tank.


To clear this residue, you’ll have to flush your water heater at least once a year. During this cycle, the tank will be depleted through a hose into a can, eliminating the mineral and erosion buildup. The tank is then refilled with clean water. If you’d like Action Air to assist you with this, call us. Our handymen are prepared to help with all your water heater maintenance needs.


Test your pressure relief valve

Your water heater’s pressure relief valve is a significant security system that keeps pressure from working up within the water heater tank. All standard water heaters are pressurized: warming the water makes pressure develop. While working regularly, the water heater tank holds a weight of around 100 PSI. Extra weight is frequently disseminated through the lines in your home, rebalancing things. In any case, if the water heater can’t release overabundant pressure in that manner, that is when the pressure relief valve becomes an important factor in the design.

At the point when extra weight is detected, the valve opens, delivering boiling water and air onto the ground. In the event that you notice a small pool of water around your water heater, it may be an indication that the pressure relief valve has been working.


In any case, there are a few things that can conceivably turn out badly with this valve:

  • Erosion and mineral deposits can block the valve, which compromises the function; building up pressure.
  • The valve can become stuck following release.
  • The valve can break, which can also contribute to pressure buildup.

On the off chance that any of these three things occur, your water heater’s weight could build to perilous levels. Enough weight and the tank structure will give, causing what many in the profession refer to as an a “tank burst.” This is the reason we suggest homeowners test, or have the handymen at Action Air test, their pressure relief valve at least once-per-year.


Have one of our handymen check the anode rod

In a standard water heater, the anode rod is the way to extend life span. The blend of metal, heat, and water is the combination that brings your home hot showers, but on the other hand, it’s the ideal formula for erosion and rust. The anode rod, which drops down into the tank through the top of the water heater, fills in as a type of trap for that erosion, pulling in it away from the tank dividers.

In the end, the erosion effectively “eats” through the anode rod, weakening the component and compromising the quality and function of the tank. When this has happened, there isn’t anything to draw in the detritus away from the tank dividers, which could prompt the quick decline of your water heater.

To extend the life of your water heater, we suggest that you have the handymen here at Action Air replace the anode rod halfway through the normal life of your unit —around 5-6 years.

Call Action Air for all your water heater repair, maintenance, and replacement needs

The professionals at Action Air are prepared to help you with all your plumbing needs – including an annual water heater flush and maintenance To plan maintenance with our experienced team, call us today at 317-451-4371.