Water Heater Maintenance

How does your water heater operate, and what can you do to maintain it? Check out the video above, or read below to learn about water heater maintenance. Most homes use a conventional water heater like the one shown in this video.  It keeps a supply of hot water in the tank for whenever you need it.  Its operation is fairly simple.  Cold water is automatically delivered to the bottom of the tank, where a heating element heats the water.  Then, when hot water is needed, it's sent throughout your home.  However, water heaters aren't maintenance free.  Over time, rust, corrosion, and sediment build up can seriously affect the efficiency and longevity of your water heater.  That's why it's important to have an annual inspection, like the one we do with our plumbing safety inspection.

Key Elements of a Water Heater Inspection:

  • Checking the tank and connections for rust and corrosion
  • Testing the pressure release valve to make sure it's operational
  • Inspecting the anode rod to see that it's still able to attract harmful minerals
  • Draining and flushing out sediment

(Note:  Draining and flushing out sediment – also called a water heater flush – is sometimes sold separately.  Ask your plumber for more information about what your water heater inspection includes.)

Water Heater Maintenance Benefits

Regular water heater maintenance will:

  • Help your water heater last longer
  • Lower energy costs by 12%-15%
  • Reduce costly breakdowns

Plus, you'll never get caught in a cold shower.  If you'd like more information about water heater maintenance, give us a call.  Our licensed plumbers service Greenville, SC; Spartanburg, SC; Hendersonville, NC; and surrounding areas.  We would love to help you.