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Protect the Anode Rod, Protect the Water Heater!

sunny-plumberYou probably think about your sink, toilet, and shower more than you do your water heater, right? That’s understandable, considering the fact that you directly interact with, or at least see, those fixtures each and every day. Just because it’s understandable doesn’t mean it’s fair, though.

After all, where do you think that hot water you enjoy so much in the shower is coming from?

That’s right—your water heater in Tucson! Don’t take an out of sight, out of mind attitude toward your water heater. You need to take care of it so that it can take care of you. Fortunately, doing so is pretty simple. Tank water heaters require pretty little in the way of maintenance.

But you definitely need to keep a fresh anode rod in the tank!

One Question: What’s That?

It’s totally understandable if you don’t know what an anode rod is. It’s certainly not as widely-used a phrase as something like “thermostat.” Even so, it is something that you should know about.

Anode Rods Protect Water Heater Tanks

Modern water heater tanks are better constructed than ever before. They are carefully lined so that water doesn’t have direct contact with the metal surface of the tank. That helps to prevent corrosion.

As you can imagine, though, the intense temperatures within that hot water tank can do a number on that liner over time. When the liner cracks and the tank itself is exposed to water, corrosion can happen.

That’s Where the Anode Rod Comes In

The anode rod is also called the “sacrificial anode rod,” because it offers itself up as a sacrifice so that the water heater tank itself does not rust through. How is this accomplished?

It’s All About Material

An anode rods is designed to degrade faster than your hot water tank, and it is made of materials that ensure this is the case. Typically, you’re looking at magnesium, aluminum, or zinc. The rod will attract corrosive elements in the water filling the tank and will break down over time.

You Need a Fresh Anode Rod

Anode rods, by their very nature, do not last forever. That means that you need to check in on your anode rod on a regular basis to ensure that it hasn’t degraded to the point where it can’t serve its function anymore.

Typically, this will be every 2–5 years. That’s obviously a big span of time, and a whole lot of different elements can affect how long your anode rod actually lasts. Be sure to play it safe in the beginning, ask our plumbers about your water quality, and we’ll be able to give you a better schedule to work with.

The Sunny Plumber Is Here for You

When a hot water tank ruptures, that’s it. There’s no fixing that problem. Replacement becomes your only option. That is why it is so important to stay on top of your anode rod’s condition.

Schedule your water heater services with The Sunny Plumber Tucson. Bright and Shiny and Won’t Show Our Hiney.

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