Water causes corrosion to all types of metal, including the steel of your water heater’s tank. Your Sandy Plains water heater repair specialist has seen this dozens of times. This corrosion causes rust and can lead to the untimely death of your water heater, as well as a foul smell or color that affects the water that comes from your tap. Fortunately, experts have crafted a clever solution to this problem: the anode rod.
What’s an Anode Rod?
The anode rod inside of your water heater’s tank is essentially intended to be sacrificed to the corrosive effects of water on metal. A working anode rod sustains the brunt of this water damage so that the inside of your water heater’s tank is not affected by it.
Checking the Anode Rod
We recommend inspecting your water heater’s anode rod at least once per year. If you have soft water, you may find that every 12 months your anode rod starts to look pretty bad. This is because soft water seems to have a bigger appetite for metal. Your Sandy Plains water heater repair experts have done several anode rods replacements earlier than 12 months because of this.
What should you look for to determine if your anode rod really needs replacement? When water has corroded the rod enough, you should begin to see wires along the rod’s surface. That is a surefire sign that the rod needs replacement right away.
If an anode rod is left unchecked and ceases working, this leaves the interior of your water heater tank vulnerable to the same corrosion and damage. A new anode rod will not cost you much. A water heater replacement service would.
Aluminum or Magnesium Anode Rods
Water heater anode rods are most commonly sold in two materials: aluminum and magnesium. Aluminum is more widely favored because these rods will last longer and do not contribute to a sulfur-like smell that magnesium can. They are also less expensive than magnesium anode rods. The downside of aluminum is that magnesium tends to provide better protection against corrosion inside of metal tanks.
Sandy Plains Water Heater Repair Contractors Replace Anode Rods
Many times, the anode rod of a water heater isn’t easily accessible. And even if yours is, you might not feel comfortable manipulating any of the components of your water heater. Improper removal of the anode rod could actually cause damage to the water heater. So, why chance it if you’re not certain? Instead of taking the risk, you should reach out to our Sandy Plains water heater repair specialist to ensure the job is done right. They will be able to assess the condition of your current anode rod, remove it and replace it if necessary.