Do you find that when you take a shower, there is not as much hot water as there once was? Are your showers now only lasting ten minutes when they once lasted twenty-five minutes with blissfully hot water? It sounds like you should have your local Roto-Rooter respond for a quick water heater repair. It may be that your heater tank just needs to be flushed.
Sediment and hard water build-up tends to collect in tanks. This is a common problem that will diminish the efficiency of your system and reduce the amount of hot water available for consumption. To avoid the problem, it is recommended that you flush your tank every few years. It is a simple process that only takes a short time. Here are some tips to get your started.
Hook a hose to the drain valve located at the base of your heater. Turn off the water supply for the heater and, if you have an electric heater, turn off the power to the system. Open a hot water faucet in a bathroom nearby and then open the drain valve on the heater. When the tank is empty you will need to turn on the water supply to flush out any remaining sediment. Close the drain valve, shut off the faucet, and fill the tank. Restore power to the system. After the tank is full, test the hot water.
Another important tip in keeping your system running efficiently, and to avoid water heater repair bills, is to change the anode rod in the heater tank when you flush the system. The anode rod is the instrument inside your tank that keeps it from corroding during normal use. This rod can be purchased at your local hardware store. The reason it is best to change this rod during flushing is due to the ease of removing the rod from the tank when it is empty. The access portal to replace the rod is found on the top of the heater tank.
It is always a top priority to exercise safety when you do any maintenance on your water heater. Because the tank is filled with very hot water, always drain it into a place that will not be damaged from the high temperatures. If you encounter any problems or complications when doing routine preventive maintenance on your water heater, be sure to contact your local Roto-Rooter plumbing technicians. They will arrive quickly and provide professional service in taking care of all your plumbing needs.
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