Do you own a water heater that is on its last legs? Are you planning to replace the water heater as soon as possible so that you and your family can enjoy hot water once again? Whether your water heater has started to leak or it's simply no longer as hot as it once was, having a water heater that doesn't work as well as it once did can be a frustrating experience. While all water heaters have a limited lifespan, there are some things that you can do to help make your next water heater last as long as possible. A few of the most important things to remember include:

Yearly draining: 

If you don't know the past maintenance performed on your water heater, completely draining an older water heater can be detrimental. Although you'll be flushing out sediment that can interfere with the heating, it's also possible that some of this sediment was stopping up minor leaks. By draining your current water heater, you could be hastening your need for a water heater service to replace your current water heater. On the other hand, once you do have a brand new water heater, an annual draining and flushing of the water heater can help prevent these sediments from building up in the first place, prolonging the life of your water heater's tank.

Replace anode rod: 

Inside every water heater is a rod that is made of aluminum or magnesium. This rod is designed to degrade over time, sacrificing itself in order to preserve the integrity of your water heater's tank lining. Once this rod is gone, the water in your water heater can start to corrode the water heater's tank. Since the rod may degrade more quickly depending on the type of water in your area and whether it is aluminum or magnesium, ask your water heater service professional how long the rods typically last and plan to replace it before it that period of time elapses.

Water heater insulation: 

The repeated heating and cooling that can be necessary to the operation of a water heater can be extremely damaging to the tank and the tank's lining. In order to reduce the amount of heating and cooling cycles that this appliance has to endure, talk to your water heater service professional about adding insulation to the outside of the water heater. Although all water heaters have some insulation inside, adding additional insulation can be helpful in preventing your water heater from aging prematurely.

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