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What Happens During a Water Heater Maintenance Appointment

Water heaters are very sturdy, but they aren’t invincible. Sooner or later, they are going to need professional maintenance if they are to continue operating properly. Water heater maintenance is a pretty involved process, and we don’t have the space to outline every single step of it in extensive detail. However, we can go through some of the bigger items with you. Let’s take a look at what happens during a water heater appointment.

Sediment Flushing

Sediment can build up on the bottom of your water heater tank over time, especially if you have hard water in your home. This sediment buildup can eventually become so thick that it will prevent the system from effectively heating the water in the tank. So, we typically flush out the tank during a maintenance appointment in order to remove the sediment. If the buildup is very bad, we can manually scrape it out of the tank.

Checking the Anode Rod

The anode rod is the part of the system that protects your water heater tank from rusting. The rod does this by slowly degrading over time, attracting the ions that would otherwise cause the metal in the tank lining to rust away. The problem is that over time, the rod will become so degraded that it will no longer do its job. At that point, the rod will have to be replaced. Otherwise, the water heater storage tank will start to rust and eventually might rupture. We always check the anode rod to make sure that it’s working properly, and replace it if it isn’t, during a water heater maintenance appointment.

If you haven’t scheduled preventive maintenance for your water heater in a while, call Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration. We provide comprehensive water heater maintenance services throughout Rio Rancho, NM.

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