Is Your Water Heater Leaking? Tips on Extending its Life

Is Your Water Heater Leaking? Tips on Extending its Life

In Brooklyn, NY, water heater leaking is usually caused from a loose water supply connection. Very seldom is it grounds for purchasing a new heater. However, occasionally a tank will split and you will be cast into the market for a new hot water heater. It could be worse; at least you have your friends from Roto-Rooter to help you.

Water heaters are plumbing appliances that make your life so much easier and less stressful. Imagine how your day would go if you were not able to take a warm shower in the morning. It would change your whole life! You would have to heat the water to wash dishes, too. What a pain that would be! Having hot water gush out of your faucets when you turn the handle is a convenience that gets taken for granted. Hopefully, you will never have to encounter a problem of no hot water.

Your hot water heater is a hardy piece of mechanical equipment. However, like anything mechanical, it will eventually wear out or break. Most water heaters will last about 11 years on average. But there are things you can do to help prolong the life of your heater. Here are some suggestions:

Flush your water heater tank every few years. Sediment and hard water build-up will collect in the tank and reduce the efficiency of the system. If you have noticed that there is not as much hot water as there used to be in any given time, this is probably the reason. To flush the tank, turn off the power to the heater (if it is electrical), shut off the water supply, and hook a hose to the drain. Open the drain and allow the hot water to run out. Be sure to aim the hose into an area that will not sustain damage from hot water.  And remember, the WATER IS HOT! Be careful! After the tank is empty, turn on the water supply and flush out any remaining sediment. Restore the power and fill the tank. To test it, run a nearby faucet.

  • Every few years, it is usually necessary to change the tank anode. This is the device that keeps your heater tank from corroding. The anode access is found on the top of the tank.

As with any maintenance on a mechanical device, use common sense and follow safety precautions to prevent scalding or other injuries. If you require assistance with the repair of your Brooklyn, NY, water heater leaking, contact your local Roto-Rooter service center for help.

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