Water Heater Maintenance

Did you know your water has a form of protection built-in (anode rod) which stops it from rusting and eventually leaking?

Did you also know that every few years this protection should be replaced, and if it isn’t, the tank could fail in as little as a few years (and flood your house).

Steamback Renewable Thermal offers Water Heater checkups.  We take a look at your anode rod, replace it if needed and give you a basic estimate of the water heater’s health.


Winter is absolutely the time of year to think about your water heater’s overall health.  Many of us go out of town for extended periods over the holidays, leaving our homes unattended.  Unfortunately, we have all heard the stories about the damage that can be caused when a water heater ruptures and begins leaking, especially when not caught quickly enough.  If this concerns you, as it does us, check out our offerings for intelligent and automatic water shut-off devices here.
Beyond stories, you can also easily find a few basic facts online about how bad water heater failures can be.  For example, after paying the home insurance deductible
the average cost of cleanup is about $5,000.  That does not include the new water heater installation or any huge water bills due after the failure.  Also on average, the cost of a water heater failure in an unattended home is about 50% more expensive than a failure in an attended home.
As mentioned above, a water heater can easily last for decades (if not most of your life) if the sacrificial anode rod (a component of most water heaters) is always in good condition.  Simply put, the rod’s purpose is to take the brunt of the corrosion naturally occurring in the tank.  Once the anode rod has been fully consumed by corrosion it is then that the water heater shell itself will be the main target of that corrosion
By checking the anode rod and considering the age of a water heater, in addition to how long it has been since the anode rod was checked previously, it is much easier to gauge the condition of (and potential leak risk from) the water heater.
 So, before going away and leaving your house unattended, consider whether you should check your water heater’s anode rod to get a sense of the condition of the tank.  Just FYI, it often requires 2 people and/or a long cheater bar, especially if the anode rod has not been checked in many years, if ever.

At Steamback Renewable Thermal we are passionate about the basic need to maintain water tanks and water heaters so they can last as long as theoretically possible.  We all get our kicks from something, I guess.

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