If you could add years of life to your hot water heater with a few simple maintenance procedures, you would, wouldn’t you.
You are in luck, because there are two simple procedures anyone can do.
This removes the sediment that accumulates. Some water heaters that have not been drained for five or six years may be one third full of sediment, which both reduces the effective volume of your hot water heater and makes it really really really heavy for the day when it finally fails and has to be removed.
For the full procedure, please click on the link above, or here.
2) The single most important thing to make your hot water heater last is to replace the sacrificial anode.
Every hot water heater has one, some have two, and hardly anyone knows about this. This anode is intended to corrode and by “attracting corrosion” (that may not be the right phrase, but it is the right idea), you avoid corrosion elsewhere.
This is the single most important thing you can do to add years to the life of your hot water heater.
You should do this before it corrodes completely, but at least every 5 years. As the cost of anodes is far less than the cost of water heaters, I recommend more often. Perhaps every 2 to 3 years, that may just be me being overly careful.
For the full procedure, again please click on the link above, or here.
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