Simple Tips To Keep Your Electrical Water Heater Efficient And Operational

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Your electrical water heater provides your family with hot water for baths, washing the dishes and clothes, so any breakdowns could cause a major inconvenience especially during the cold season. Keeping your appliance in good shape calls for regular inspections so as to uncover and fix problems such as corroded wiring, a damaged heating element or any other issues that could cause your water heater to break down.

Typically, you should have your electrician come in to inspect and maintain the heater at least once yearly. Other than that, you also need to take several steps to increase the life of your water heater and have it operating at peak efficiency.

Drain the water heater

Draining about a third of the water in your heater at least every three months can help remove sediments that may have collected at the bottom of the tank, causing the heater to be less efficient. Sediment such as dirt and scum can easily create a layer of insulation over the heating element, forcing the appliance to use more power to heat your water. A heating element that is coated with scum also heats for longer, causing the metal at the bottom of the tank to be exposed to higher temperatures that can make it fail sooner.

To drain the heater, hook a garden hose to the valve at the base of the tank and let the water drain into a bucket. If the water is too cloudy, turn on the cold water supply to stir up any debris in the tank before draining it again. This will rid the heating element and interior of the tank of any debris, making the water heater quieter and more efficient. 

Change the anode rod

The magnesium anode rod in your water tank is put there to corrode and prevent the steel walls of the water heater tank from succumbing to any rust damage. As long as the rod is intact, it will prevent any damage to the steel tank interior, but once it corrodes, the steel starts to corrode. It is therefore crucial that you have your anode rod changed before it fully disintegrates. The rod should be replaced if it is less than an inch or so long, or if it is fully coated with calcium.

A simple trick that could prevent scum from coating the anode rod and other internal components of the water heater is to place a magnet on your heater's intake pipe. The magnet serves to trap metallic calcium particles, keeping them outside your water heater. To learn more, speak with someone like Narducci Electric


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Construction Needs in Times of Disaster

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