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Tips for Maintaining Your Water Heater

How long should you expect your water heater to last?

We see water heaters continue to operate properly on average 10-12 years. If maintained regularly they can last more than 12 years. There are different factors that determine the life of your water heater. We will go over installation and regular maintenance.

Regular Maintenance for Water Heaters

Anode Rod Water Heater maintenance
Anode Rod Water Heater

Anode Rod

Water heater tanks are made of steel and have a thin layer of glass to line the metal to protect it from corrosion. The lining cracks overtime and the second line of defense is the anode rod.

The anode rod is a sacrificial piece of metal that attracts corrosive material, corroding the anode rod instead of the steel tank. But what happens when the anode rod is completely corroded? This is when you start to see corrosion on your water heater tank and causing leaks.

When do I replace the water heater anode rod?

We recommend replacing the anode rod about every 5 years depending on the quality of your water. This can extend the life of your water heater and minimize the risk of leaks.

If you are interested in having the anode rod in your water heater replaced, schedule with us to provide water heater maintenance.

Flush Your Water Heater 

We recommend flushing your water heater a few times a year. The older your water heater is the more often this will be needed. The reason we recommend flushing the water heater is to remove sediment build up in the water heater. Can Do Plumbing provides water heater flushes to help extend the life of your water heater.

How does flushing your water heater help?

Removes Sediment

Flushing your water heater removes sediment which increases the efficiency due to less sediment being heated along with the water. The most common culprit of water heater failure is sediment buildup. If you have an electric water heater sediment can cause additional issues to the operation.

Improves Heating Speeds

If your water heater has sediment build up it will take longer for the water and sediment to heat up rather than the water alone. The water will also become cold faster with the sediment.

Reduce Water Heater Noise

A noisy water heater in most causes means there is buildup inside. When there is sediment in the water heater it causes the water to circulate differently causing strange noises.

Reduce Energy Costs

The longer it takes for your water heater to heat the more energy it is using. Customers notice a reduction in energy consumption when a new water heater is installed.

Avoid Foul Smells

Sediment causes trapped water which creates stagnant water. This can be unpleasant and unsanitary.

Proper Installation to Extend the Life of Your Water Heater

One major factor in the life of your water heater is how it was originally installed. There are many things that can go wrong during a water heater installation. We have seen many improper installs that cause leaks, fumes and pressure build up.

thermal expansion water heater
Thermal Expansion Water Heater

Expansion Tanks

One required part of a water heater installation is an expansion tank. The expansion tank absorbs thermal expansion from the heating of the water. If your water heater does not have an expansion tank it can cause damage to the water heater, pipes, fittings, and valves.

If you would like to save on energy costs and extend the life of your water heater then scheduling for regular water heater maintenance may be a good option for you. If you would like to make sure your water heater was originally installed correctly we can inspect your water heater by video chat.

Can Do Plumbing provides plumbing repair and service in Lago Vista, Point Venture, Jonestown, Marble Falls, Cedar Park and Leander. If you need a plumber to make sure your water heater will last as long as possible give Can Do Plumbing a call.

Helpful Links

State Water Heaters

https://www.statewaterheaters.com/

AO Smith Water Heaters

https://www.aosmith.com/

Rinnai water heaters

https://www.rinnai.us/

Rheem Water Heater

https://www.rheem.com/

Bradford White Water Heater

GE water heater

https://www.geappliances.com/ge/service-and-support/faq-waterheater.htm

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Water Heater Upgrades

Did you know there are upgrades when it comes to your water heater for your home?

Electric Hybrid Water Heaters

There are options when it comes to your homes water heater and you can upgrade to different types of water heaters. Such as the Electric Hybrid water heater that uses a heat pump to exchange the ambient air temperature of the surrounding water heater room to heat the water. These water heaters provide two types of heating capabilities and when usage is in high demand the water heater automatically combines both types of heating capabilities. They are a traditional electric water heater combined with a heat pump to provide the most efficient water heating and the lowest energy consumption. We usually use A. O. Smith Hybrid Water Heaters.


Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters is a great option for someone looking for effciency, never ending hot water and length of life of the water heater. We do not recommend Electric tankless water heaters as the electrical consumption is much greater for smaller periods of time and the efficiency of the electric tankless water heater then is measured by the reduction of time spent heating the water. The perception of savings is quickly diminished by the length of time it takes for the hot water to travel to the tap.


Gas Tankless Water Heaters


Gas tankless water heaters are more efficient by design as the gas tankless water heater last longer and is service able. The propane gas and the natural gas model have hot water circulation capabilities that the electric models just can not provide. Many of the gas tankless models offer features that make the units user friendly while giving the homeowner more control of when the hot water circulation mode starts and stops. The gas tankless water heaters are designed to provide endless hot water at the highest energy star ratings making them upwards of 98% efficient. Many of these units a warranted upwards of 20 years and require minimal service or maintenance. Our favorite gas tankless water heater is Rinnai. Gas tankless water heaters make a great addition to your home while providing never ending hot water for all your family’s needs.

Can Do Plumbing offers water heater consultation and price estimates in person at your home or with live video chat while you show us from your home. To learn more about how we can help meet the demands of your families water heating needs contact us today.