Your hot water system is an essential part of your home, so you need to take care of it. One part of the system that often goes unnoticed is the anode which if neglected can lead to significant costs down the line. As such, it’s essential to replace it at least every five years. Here’s what you need to know about this mysterious part.

Five Year Hot Water System Anode Service

Understanding Your Hot Water System Anode

So, what exactly is a hot water system anode? Often referred to as a sacrificial anode, this rod is typically made of magnesium or aluminium around a steel core. It’s aptly named ‘sacrificial’ because it sacrifices itself to protect the tank from corrosion. The anode is installed in your hot water system to attract corrosive elements, preventing these elements from damaging the tank.

Why Your Anode Needs Replacing Every Five Years

There’s a reason we recommend changing out your water heater’s anode every five years; it’s based on the average lifespan of an anode in a hot water system. As the anode corrodes over time, it loses its ability to protect the tank from rust and damage. If you replace the anode before it wears down, you can keep your tank rust-free and extend the life of your hot water system, ensuring it performs at its best.

If you ignore the anode and let it corrode completely, your tank becomes susceptible to damaging rust and corrosion. This can decrease the lifespan of your hot water tank – or worse, you’ll need a whole new system much sooner than if you’d kept up regular servicing. With regular anode replacements, your system could keep you in hot water for 20 years or more.

What Else Needs Servicing in Your Hot Water System?

While the anode rod is important, it’s just a small component of your system. There are others that also need regular servicing to keep your hot water working. You should also test the Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve (TPR Valve) which releases pressure if the temperature pressure gets too high in the tank. And make sure the thermostat and heating elements are in good working condition as this is what gives you consistent hot water.

How Can Salmon Plumbing Help?

At Salmon Plumbing, we understand the importance of regular hot water system servicing, including anode replacement. Our team of experienced professionals is well-equipped to assess the condition of your anode and provide timely replacement when needed.

When you choose Salmon Plumbing for your hot water system anode servicing, you can expect:

  • Thorough inspection: Our experts will carefully inspect your hot water system anode to determine its condition.
  • Professional replacement: If your anode is due for replacement, we’ll handle the entire process, ensuring your system is safeguarded against corrosion.
  • Extended system life: By staying on top of anode replacement, you’re protecting your investment and ensuring that you have reliable hot water for years to come.

As well as replacing anodes, Salmon Plumbing provides comprehensive hot water system servicing to address any potential issues before they become major problems. We can check for leaks and ensure all parts are in proper working order.

Your home’s hot water system is essential, and if you neglect any part of it – including the anode – you might end up with an expensive repair bill or worse, no hot water at all. Don’t take the risk!

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