The Sunny Plumber Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Water Heater Maintenance’

Plumbing Services You May Need After a Holiday Gathering

Monday, December 28th, 2020

leaky-pipeThe major holiday season for the year is wrapping up and all you probably want to do is relax. But it can be hard to wind down when you have a faucet in your home that is drip-drip-dripping away. Aside from the annoying sound, this is also a waste of water—and a reminder that your plumbing system may need an extra helping hand after that last gathering you hosted.

Even if you only had a couple of extra people over, the added work that your plumbing system had to do may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. What we mean is you may have a part of your plumbing system in Tucson that needs some professional care. That’s where we come in. Our trained and certified professionals can provide help with any of the following services so you can get back to relaxing and greeting the New Year in comfort.

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The Importance of Water Heater Maintenance

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Water heaters are very sturdy systems, built to last for many years while being put under tremendous wear and tear. However, they will not last nearly as long if they are not properly maintained. Preventive maintenance is a good idea for pretty much any system in your home, but it’s especially vital for your water heater. Let’s take a look at why it’s so important to make sure that your water heater receives preventive maintenance at least once a year.

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How to Make Your Water Heater Last Longer

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Water Heaters are designed to last quite a long time, with proper care and maintenance. They can’t last that long without help, however. Water heaters develop problems, just like any other system, and those problems can easily cause them to fail early. If you want your water heater to last as long as possible, you’re going to need to take certain steps to ensure that it is kept in good condition. Read on to find out what those steps are.

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Typical Water Heater Maintenance Procedures

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

We’ve written before about how important water heater maintenance is to maintaining the health of your system. Scheduling a water heater maintenance appointment even once a year can help your system last for years longer and be more effective. What we haven’t really gotten into is what actually happens during a water heater maintenance appointment. If you know what we actually do during water heater maintenance, it will be easier to visualize how helpful the process can actually be. With that in mind, here are a couple of the more common procedures that happen during a water heater maintenance appointment.

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Why You Should Schedule Water Heater Maintenance Annually

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Your water heater is one of the busiest appliances in your home. You may not use your heater or air conditioner every day, but you almost certainly use your water heater. This frequent use results in a lot of wear and tear on your water heater system. If not addressed, this wear can build into some serious problems that affect the performance of your system. If you want to keep your water heater to last as long as possible, it is recommended that you schedule professional maintenance at least once a year. Read on to find out how water heater maintenance can benefit you.

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Why You Need to Monitor the State of Your Anode Rod

Monday, April 6th, 2015

The average storage tank water heater is put under a pretty incredible amount of stress on a regular basis. Even when you aren’t using hot water, the water heater is keeping gallons and gallons of it at the ready, just in case you need it. This constant exposure to water opens up the water heater to rusting. Considering the pressure exerted by all of that stored water, the water heater should eventually degrade to the point of rupturing. So why aren’t we constantly hearing about people’s water heaters bursting? Because there’s a part in every water heater that protects it from rusting. Read on to find out more about the sacrificial anode rod, and why you should check on it at least once a year.

What is the Sacrificial Anode Rod?

The sacrificial anode rod is a metal rod, made of aluminum or magnesium, which is screwed into the top of your water heater storage tank. It’s difficult to explain the actual science behind the anode rod, but in layman’s terms it protects the water heater by degrading away in its place. As long as the anode rod is in the tank, it will corrode away instead of the tank itself. Though this is excellent protection, it doesn’t last forever.

Why You Need to Check It

Eventually, the anode rod will degrade to the point where it can no longer protect the water heater. When that happens, the tank will start to rust and eventually need replacing. For this reason, you need to check your anode rod at least once a year. If the rod looks like it’s reaching the end of its lifespan, it will need to be replaced in order to keep the tank in good health.

If you don’t know how to check or replace your anode rod, give us a call and we’ll be happy to do it for you. The Sunny Plumber provides water heater services throughout Tucson, AZ.

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What Happens During Water Heater Maintenance?

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Water heaters of all sorts benefit from regular maintenance sessions, which act as a “tune up” as well as a chance to address small problems before they turn into larger ones. Water heaters suffer from wear and tear just like any other appliance, and a maintenance session can help curtail the effects of that: extending the life of your heater in many cases. Here in Green Valley, water heater maintenance is available from a reliable source. But what happens during water heater maintenance?

Call on The Sunny Plumber for your water heater maintenance needs in Green Valley, AZ.

We’ve included a brief breakdown of the basic steps below.

  • The technician will perform a basic external inspection of the unit, looking for any signs of distress or problem areas. In particular, he or she will look for puddles or similar signs of leaking.  If a leak is apparent, he’ll track down the source, then talk to you about your options for repairing it (which may involve a later repair session).
  • The technician will check the relief valve: placing a pan or pail under it and starting and stopping it to ensure that it works as it should.
  • The technician will turn off the gas and/or electricity, and connect a hose to the drain valve, connecting it to a drainage tank or sump.
  • The technician turns off the water supply and drains the hot water heater through the drain valve. He’ll check the interior for signs of corrosion and remove any sediment or build-up. He’ll also check the anode rod – which usually needs to be replaced every few years – to ensure that it’s still up to snuff, and mount a new one if necessary.
  • The technician will flush the tank with hot water and close the drain valve, then refill the tank and turn on the gas/electricity.

For more on what happens during water heater maintenance, or to schedule a session for your heater, call upon the experts at The Sunny Plumber. We handle Green Valley water heater maintenance issues, as well as any other plumbing services you may need. Give us a call today to set up an appointment. You’ll be glad that you did!

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