For tank water heaters, the sediment buildup in the tank should be removed once a year. Sediment interferes with your water heater’s ability to warm up the water. To do this, just turn off the cold water supply and open the drain to allow the collecting water to run into a bucket. If the water looks cloudy or is smelly, it’s best to call a local professional to find out why. If it’s a tankless water heater, limescale can still build up on the elements and pipes. Again, this reduces efficiency. A tankless water heater should be flushed with a gentle acidic solution like vinegar. This will dislodge and dilute debris deposits.
The anode rod on the water heater should be checked once a year. Often, the anode rod can easily corrode. Just loosen the hex head screw on the rod and remove it. If more than six inches of the steel is visible or there’s limescale buildup, it should be changed.
Water heaters need adequate space to work right. For gas water heaters, there should be proper vent placement to release gases, including carbon monoxide. If you’re unsure about having to do any of these things, just call San Diego Plumbing Repair. It’s important to note that regular water heater maintenance will save you money in the long run.