We’re always aware of how much water we’re using. Whether from a financial or environmental perspective, we all know that conserving water and using only what we need is an absolutely crucial part of life. But what about hot water? We rarely think about hot water any differently than cold water, except when it’s too hot or cold. However, hot water is uniquely important, almost as crucial in our everyday lives as water itself. Consider for a moment what an average day would look like without hot water. That shower wouldn’t be very pleasant.
Washing your hands would be like a dip in the ocean. Not to mention, your dish-washing and laundry-cleaning chores might have to be put off. Hot water is important–and so are the machines that create it: water heaters.
Water heaters are often overlooked. Maybe that’s because they do their job so quietly and simply, requiring very little help or work in comparison with the needier appliances and technologies. Still, water heaters are important in countless ways. Proper water heater maintenance is absolutely crucial to keep everything running smoothly. However, that’s not always as easy as it sounds. Knowing how to repair and care for a device that rarely requires our help is a bit of a challenge; we’re not as familiar with the water heater as we are with, say, the television or the dishwasher. Luckily, with the right tools, the right knowledge, and a little bit of backup, your water heater can receive the best possible care.
So, what tips are there for water heater maintenance? Here’s a quick look!
- Anode rod. An anode rod is a stick-like object made of strong metal that is inserted into the water heater to attract the ions responsible for dangerous and costly rusting. However, in the process, the anode rod itself is being worn away; as a result, checking and replacing the anode rod is an important aspect of water heater care.
- Buildup. Water heater tanks are naturally susceptible to buildup in the bottom of the tank, and this problem is worsened by hard water plumbing issues. If this buildup is left alone, it will become a big problem, interrupting the work of your water heater. That’s why water heater maintenance always includes a flush of the tank.
- A good ally. For proper water heater maintenance, you need a good ally. Our Boise Water Heater experts can help you take care of your water heater and the rest of your plumbing, too.
Interested in more tips for water heater care? Looking for Boise water heater experts? Contact us today!
By Tim Smith
Published: February 24, 2016