How To Take Care of Your Water Heater

Posted on: June 30th, 2011 by zach

Is there any maintenance required for a water heater?

Yes, you should test the pressure relief valve regularly and replace it if it fails to operate.

At least once a year you should flush out the sediments. As long as a tank has a functioning anode, it should not rust. Therefore you should check the anode about once every two years. The fitting is usually on the top of the tank and it’s often tight, so a torque multiplier is a useful tool.

If you find 6” or more of the steel core wire exposed, or if the rod formed a hard, adherent calcium carbonate coating that prevents further corrosion of the sacrificial metal, replace the rod. There are segmented rods if overhead clearance is limited. Or you can call us and we’ll check it out for you.

Heating Richmond – 604.283.2383

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