Understanding Your Water Heater: Anode Rods

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Are you familiar with anode rods? If not, that’s okay. You’ve come to the right place! Anode rods are an essential component of a water heater system. With them, your water heater is protected from all sorts of problems, like rusty water or a broken heating system. They serve a particular purpose, so it’s important for you, as homeowners, to understand what they do and how they work. Let’s dive into this topic and discuss why anode rods are so important.


What Is An Anode Rod?

An anode rod is a metal rod placed inside a water heater tank. It is made of aluminum or magnesium, and its purpose is to protect the tank from rust and corrosion. The rod works by drawing corrosive elements away from the metal walls of the tank and the internal heating elements and instead pulls them towards itself. This prevents rust and corrosion from forming on the tank walls, which helps keep your water heater running smoothly for much longer than it would without this helpful piece of metal.


Do I Need to Replace My Anode Rod?

You should replace your anode rod every three to five years. This may vary depending on how many minerals are in your water and other factors such as usage levels, so it is essential to have your water heater inspected annually.

You can also inspect the rod yourself. It needs replacing if it has been eaten away or corroded at either end or if it has become completely dissolved in the middle. If you see any signs like this, it’s time to replace your anode rod before rust and corrosion eat away at your water heater.


Why Is It Important to Replace My Anode Rod?

Replacing your anode rod will extend your water heater’s life and save you money on costly repairs. You’ll know your hot water is safe and free from rust or other contaminants. Plus, you will be confident that the elements needed to heat your water are not being eaten away by corrosion so that you can enjoy hot water for many years.

Remember to replace your anode rods if you want to keep your water heater running smoothly for years to come. Fortunately, replacing them is relatively easy. With some basic DIY skills or help from a licensed professional, you can ensure your water heater is protected in no time!


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When was the last time your water heater was inspected? At Drucks Plumbing & Heating, our experienced team can inspect your system and administer repair or replacement as they see fit. Contact us today to ensure you have clean hot water for years to come!