What Maintenance Does a Water Heater Need?

Date: May 6, 2024

Proper Maintenance Extends The Life of your Equipment

water heater tennessee All of us depend on our water heater for a range of needs, whatever the type of unit you rely on to produce hot water. From showering and bathing to cooking to washing clothes and dishes and more, it’s nearly impossible to stay comfortable and clean without it. So how long can you depend on your current water heating system to keep all that hot water flowing without any problems?

The life span of the most common water heater—models with a storage tank—can vary greatly, anywhere from 7 to 13 years. Tankless, on-demand water heating units last much longer because water is not constantly sitting in a tank being heated.

How long your storage tank water heater lasts depends on a variety of factors, including the temperature of the water you set for the tank, the volume of water used, the overall quality of the water heater model and the water quality.

What does water quality mean? Many people around the country have to contend with “hard water,” which means their domestic water has a high amount of mineral content. In Tennessee, our water is defined as soft to moderately hard, depending on where you live in the state. Regardless, manufacturers do recommend flushing your water heater on a yearly basis to remove any mineral particles, dirt or debris that has collected inside your tank. This will improve water heater efficiency and extend the life of your water heater.

To head off any problems with your water heater, it’s a wise idea to call on an experienced propane service technician, HVAC contractor or plumber to flush out your hot water storage tank once a year. Your service professional should also check the condition of the anode rod, which generally lasts from 3-5 years.

What Is an Anode Rod?

Storage tank water heaters have many parts and components, including a long metal anode rod, which extends the life of your water heater by preventing corrosion from building up inside your tank.

Usually made of magnesium or aluminum, the anode rod does its job through a process called electrolysis. The metals in the anode rod attract ions that normally would cause rust in iron and steel. But instead, these ions latch onto the anode rod and as a result, cause it to degrade over time. Without the anode rod, your water heater could rust out in just a few years. That’s why it’s so important to replace the anode rod after it degrades.

In general, all storage tank water heaters have an anode rod, regardless of fuel type. The one exception is if you have a stainless-steel tank, which is immune from corrosion.

Tankless Water Heater Maintenance

While propane gas tankless water heaters don’t require anode rods, they do need some periodic maintenance to keep them running properly. Besides an annual flushing, it is recommended that the air filter and water filter be cleaned.

Propane Water Heaters

If you’re looking to upgrade your water heating system, propane is the way to go! Propane provides you with plenty of hot water at an affordable cost. Propane water heaters don’t take up a lot of space and offer a variety of installation options.

One installation possibility to consider is a propane tankless water heater, a great alternative to a traditional storage tank water heater, which constantly uses energy to heat and reheat water, but that wastes energy in the process.

Tankless water heater units allow you to easily reduce waste and make your home more energy-efficient while adding to its value as well. By switching to a tankless model, your energy efficiency can improve by up to 40% and you’ll have access to virtually unlimited amounts of hot water – because you won’t have to worry about the tank draining and having to refill and reheat.

Read more about the benefits of propane water heaters.