Care and Maintenance

Your water heater generally is an easy-care appliance. There are only three regular maintenance tasks to remember:

  • Once every three months, drain one gallon of water from the tank. If you have hard water, do this every month. This reduces the amount of sediment collecting in the bottom of the tank, which can make the burner or heating coils work harder.
  • Once every two years, have your water heater inspected by a service technician. This will help keep it in peak operating condition, and will prevent dangerous carbon monoxide problems.
  • Once every five years, have a service technician replace the anode rod. This small metal device sacrifices itself for the good of the entire unit: instead of attacking the tank itself, the corrosive chemicals in the water are drawn to the anode rod.

And don’t forget: Before doing any maintenance on your water heater, shut off power at the service panel and read your owner’s manual. Some repair attempts you make could void the warranty.

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