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How to Maintain Your Water Heater

Water heaters aren’t usually a problem in your household, at least most of the time. When trouble arises, however, it’s often severe — requiring an emergency plumbing call at the minimum and sometimes replacement of your entire system to boot. Most of the time, such problems are cause — or at least exacerbated — by neglect. Water heaters sit in the basement or garage of your Sherman, TX home, out of sight and out of mind most of the time. The best way to prevent a catastrophe is to schedule regular water heater maintenance with a trained plumber once or twice a year. In addition, you can take steps yourself every two or three months to keep your water heater in fighting shape. Here’s how.

Drain The Tank

Sediment can easily build up on the bottom of your tank of you let it. You can drain the tank to get rid of that sediment, and then refill it with fresh water. That removes a huge barrier between your heat source and the water you need warmed, improving efficiency and lowering strain on the system.

Change the Anode Rod

The anode rod is places in the tank to prevent rust from forming on the sides. It does a good job, but it can wear out after two or three years. You should check yours every 6 months or so. If wire is showing through, it’s time to get it replaced.

Test the Relief Valve

The temperature pressure relief valve is an emergency valve designed to release water whenever pressure in the tank rises to dangerous levels. (High pressure can potentially cause an explosion). test the valve by discharging it two or three times in a row to make sure it’s working. If it isn’t, call in a plumber to get it fixed.

For high quality water heater maintenance, call Hutchins Plumbing and Air Conditioning today!

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