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How to Maintain Your Water Heater

How to Maintain Your Water Heater

When you have an issue with your plumbing and you have cold water in the home, you may need water heater repair. Some fixes may be easy, but in other cases, we may not have a choice other than doing extensive repairs. If you want to make sure you won't need repair anytime soon, it is good to know that a water heater is one of those things that can be easily maintained if you know what to look for. To give you an idea of what to look for, we have a few tips listed below that'll help lessen the need for repair.

  1. Draining the tanks water at least every year will help remove sediment which has collected. If sediment is allowed to build up, it could eventually interfere with heat transfer and cause the water heater to overheat.
  2. If owning a gas water heater is preferred, the first thing you should check is if the pilot light is lit. If you notice a blue flame along with a yellow tip, then you are good to go. If you don't notice it and are unable to relight it, then your best bet would be to contact a professional plumber to come and check everything out. After checking the pilot light, also check the flue for any buildup of soot and clean as necessary.
  3. If an electric water heater is preferred over a gas, we have to make sure the sacrificial anode rod gets checked. Over time, calcium carbonate gets hardened on it. The sole purpose of the sacrificial anode rod is to prevent corrosion from occurring. Giving it a simple wipe down will remove the calcium carbonate if it is soft, but if it is hard to come off, then it is time to replace it.

At Mr. Rooter of San Francisco, we are aware that maintenance may not always work when preventing problems. If you experience any kind of plumbing issue, our team can come out, diagnose the issue, and provide the repairs you need.

To schedule you’re appointment, contact us today.

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