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Maintain Your Water Heater to Extend Its Life

December 18, 2017 Contributor

maintain your water heater to extend its lifeWithout regular maintenance and inspections, your water heater won’t be able to provide hot water for your home indefinitely. Heaters can break down over time, so it’s important that you care for it and keep it running smoothly for as long as possible.

Not sure how to keep up with your water heater’s maintenance? Here are a few things you should be checking every six months or so.

Is the Pressure Valve Sticking?

The pressure valve is what bleeds off the tank’s pressure, preventing the tank from bursting if when the pressure levels get too high. An exploding water heater is never a good thing, so make sure that the valve isn’t sticking and trapping excess pressure inside the heater’s tank.

Has the Tank Been Flushed Recently?

At least twice a year, the water heater’s tank needs to be flushed. That means turning off the circuit breaker, shutting off the cold water inlet valve, attaching a hose to the drain outlet, emptying the tank, and removing any harmful sediments. Then, you can refill the tank with fresh, clean water. It may sound like hassle, but the process will keep your heater running longer.

Is the Anode Rod Rusting?

The anode rod is the piece of metal that goes inside the tank and gathers any corrosive elements that would otherwise cause the tank to rust. If the anode rod has accumulated rust on its own, then it’s possible that the heater could start taking on rust, as well. Replace the anode rod as needed to protect your tank.

Are There Any Warning Signs?

If you have noticed that your showers and faucets are struggling to produce the right temperature of water, then there might be a problem with your water heater. Leaks, puddles, or drips around the heater’s tank can also be indicative of an issue. In those cases, it’s best to contact a licensed professional to assess the situation.


If you haven’t checked on your water heater for quite some time, it might be time to call a professional company like Reichelt Plumbing Inc. Their licensed plumbers will be able to quickly identify any problems with your water heater or plumbing system, as well as solve them in a timely manner. To schedule an appointment, call (219) 322-4906 or visit!

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