Water Heater Maintenance

Proper water heater maintenance is easy to forget to do.  Your water heater sits tucked away in a basement or closet.  Most people usually find out they have a problem when there is no hot water.  But with a little planned maintenance, you can prevent issues and extend the life of your water heater.  I was recently doing some work on my water heater, and so I figured I would write a quick post about it.

Things that can help your water heater live a long happy life:

-Flush your water heater each year.

-Check the anode rod when you flush the water heater. *

-Replace the anode rod if it is heavily deteriorated.*

*Quick tip: Use an impact wrench with a 1-1/16″ socket to loosen the anode rod if you are having trouble removing it.

Another common issue that is often easy to fix is a pilot light that won’t stay lit.  There is a device called a thermocouple that controls the flow of gas to the pilot light and burner.  The thermocouple is heated by the pilot light.  If the thermocouple is cold (pilot light not lit), it is supposed to shut off the gas.   If it is hot (pilot light lit), it is supposed to allow the gas to flow.  When these go bad, they fail safe to the off position and shut off the gas.  They are usually easy to replace and you can get a new one at most hardware stores.



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