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Tips for Preventing a Rusting Water Heater

We rely on our water heater 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. That is a lot of work, especially in a household where multiple people are using the sinks, bathtub and showers. As a result of wear and tear, age and lack of maintenance, homeowners occasionally end up with a rusting water heater. Following a few simple tips, however, can help you avoid issues with your water heater and save money.

Preventing a Rusting Water Heater

Like any major appliance, maintenance is mandatory. Water heaters are not designed to last indefinitely. In some situations, such as an older home where the water heater may be out-of-date, the best approach is to remove and replace the heater with a new model. Once a new model is in place, follow these helpful tips for your new, or almost new, water heater to extend its lifetime and efficiency:

  • One of the biggest issues with a rusting water heater is caused by the deterioration of the anode rod. The rod, made from magnesium or aluminum, fits inside the water tank. Over time, as the rod deteriorates, hot water will begin to corrode the inside lining, resulting in an inefficient and rusting water heater. To avoid this situation, have the anode rod inspected and/or replaced once a year.
  • Sediment from both city and well water can build up over time. The particles settle on the bottom of the water heater. If the tank is not flushed periodically, the sediment and water will cause the tank to rust. The number of people using the water system and the size of the tank can help determine if the tank should be flushed annually, semiannually or quarterly.
  • If your home uses hard or well water, particles in the water such as iron, can cause rusting in the interior tank, which results in rusty water. As noted, rusty, standing water at the bottom of the water tank will erode the integrity of the tank. To help avoid extra sediment buildup for homes with extra hard water, a water softening or filtration system can help keep the water heater tank cleaner by reducing the minerals present in the water.
  • When your water heater is located in a damp location, such as a basement, you should have the appliance inspected on a regular basis to avoid any failures due to accelerated rusting.
  • A water heater that has been subjected to standing water, for any length of time, will suffer from corrosion and a fast rate of deterioration to its outer shell.
  • If you are replacing your current water heater, consider purchasing a self-cleaning model and have it installed by expert plumbers to ensure settings are set properly.

Our experience and certified plumbers at Reliable Heating and Air are ready to tackle the largest, or the smallest, plumbing issue in your home in Buckhead/Atlanta. We specialize in multiple services for homeowners, including annoying plumbing problems. Contact us soon to set up an appointment for water heater service. Whether it’s for repair, replacement or an annual maintenance check, we’ll handle the situation quickly and efficiently with topnotch, customer-friendly service.

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