Did you know there is a simple plumbing maintenance item that can potentially extend the life of your hot water heater? Therefore if you want your hot water system to last longer, try replacing your sacrificial anode.

What is a sacrificial anode?

A sacrificial anode is your hot water heater’s best friend. It ‘sacrifices’ to preserve your steel-lined hot water tank. Since steel and other metals corrode when they come in contact with elements like water, there needs to be something to prevent this. The anode is a metal rod in the middle of your hot water tank that slowly rusts and degrades.

When should you change your anode rods?

Sacrificial anodes don’t last as long as a water heater. Therefore, you should change your sacrificial anode every 3 to 5 years. Faithfully checking and replacing your rod ensures the tank does not rust and randomly spring a leak. 

When to check your anode rod?

If you experience any of the following signs, you should have your anode rod inspected immediately:

  • The water heater makes popping noises when in use.
  • The water heater is more than five years old. 
  • You notice a slimy gel substance when cleaning your faucet aerator.
  • Water accumulates in the water heater pan.
  • Sandy or gritty hot water comes out of the tap.
  • Your hot water smells like a rotten egg.

Anode replacements for a hot water system

Replacing an Anode is not a job you should do yourself. Hot water tanks contain scalding hot water and steam. Not to mention it is connected directly to your electricity and gas supply! Therefore, licensed plumbers should complete sacrificial anode replacements and hot water system repairs. They have the training and expertise to do the job efficiently and safely. 

Keep your hot water system in good working order with regular maintenance from Almac Plumbing. Contact the friendly Bayside plumber, Almac Plumbing, on 1300 125 622 for hot water system maintenance and sacrificial anode replacements.