It takes a water heater grounding to a halt for you to acknowledge the important work it does. These are the little luxuries in life that people take for granted. Anyway, as you face the reality of having to take a cold water shower, you cannot desist from desperately looking for a plumber. If not, you head to the nearest plumbing shop and order for a new heater. You can avoid this unnecessary trouble by carrying out regular maintenance work. This way, you don’t have to spend a fortune on expensive plumbing repairs. Acquiring a new heater is not cheap either.
Rust and sediment – great water heater enemies
The mere fact that water heaters do not have moving parts makes it easy for people to overlook them. As it sits there in silence however, rust and sediment are persistently attacking it. Steel water tanks do have a glass lining which is meant to prevent rust. With time, the lining gives in to intense temperature fluctuations resulting in cracks on the lining. Eventually, water seeps through and, the next thing you know, the tank is covered with rust. As for the sediment, this comes from calcium carbonate, a type of salt contained in water. The heat causes this to settle to the tank’s bottom. In due course, it thickens and reduces heat efficiency.
Draining the tank in order to clean it
You should drain the water heater tank annually. That is how you get to remove the calcium carbonate sediment. Simply switch off power and attach a hose to the bottom-placed drain valve. Shut the valve that brings in cold water to the tank. Locate the pressure valve and open it in order to break the vacuum. Next drain the tank before reversing this process. Refill the tank and switch power back on.
Anode rod replacement
The anode rod works like a magnet that attracts water molecules. If this was not the case, the charged molecules would damage the tank. You should check the state of these rods as you drain the tank. If they are showing, you need to replace them. Anode steel rods have a life expectancy of 5-10 years when you don’t check them at all. By being proactive and cleaning them, they can last for much longer than this. Replacing the rod requires you to buy a new one and install it.
Electric heating element
This is the part that gets coated with sediment. Once coated, its efficiency drops drastically. Your tank usually has two heating elements, one on top and the other one below. The lower one is what you are supposed to replace. You must first confirm that you have switched off and disconnected power and drained water from the tank. Heating elements are readily available from most plumbing shops.
If you are unable to undertake this maintenance work, seek the services of the D&D plumbing water heater repair team.