Dynamic Mechanical Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Water Heater’

Is Your Anode Rod Still Effective?

Monday, August 6th, 2018

water-heater-serviceThe short answer to the question asked in the title of this post is—hopefully, yes. A better answer is—if you have to ask this question, then it is probably time to check in on it! If you use a tank water heater, then you owe a huge debt of gratitude to the anode rod in that water heater, regardless of whether or not you are aware of its presence and what it does for your system. Of course, we think that it is always best to have some understanding of such matters, so we’ll be taking a closer look at the anode rod today.

Before we begin, let us just say that a tank water heater is a great option for many homeowners. It is certainly no fluke that the system consistently ranks as the most popular type of water heater throughout the country! That being said, and as is the case with any appliance, tank water heaters do have a few cons to go along with their many pros. The best way to mitigate any issues stemming from these cons is to work with a trustworthy, professional plumber in Avon,  CT.

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Why Stick with a Tank Water Heater?

Monday, March 19th, 2018

water-heater-technicianThere are some people out there in every industry that are constantly going to try and sell you upgrades, more expensive equipment, warranties that amount to very little, and so on. We certainly want to make sure that you have the best equipment for your personal needs and that you enjoy the best performance that that equipment has to offer, but the decision about what types of appliances you use in your home is ultimately up to you as the homeowner.

You may have heard about tankless water heaters, and the many benefits that they have to offer. We agree with much of what you probably know. These systems last a long time, they’re very efficient, they save space, etc. However, they are not the replacement for tank water heaters. They are an alternative to tank water heaters. There is no single water heater that is going to fit everyone’s needs, and that is why it is so important to consider all available options.

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Is the Storage Tank Water Heater a Thing of the Past?

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Before going any further, let us answer the question above immediately: no. The tank water heater is still a very viable option, and many homeowners wouldn’t trade theirs in for any reason or for any other model. That being said, there is more competition than ever before in terms of alternative water heater systems.

With tankless models and others to choose from, you may find yourself wondering why you should still use a tank-based water heater. The answers are many, and we will get into a few of the more pertinent reasons below. Just keep in mind that, as is the case with any sort of water heater, professional services are necessary if your system is to succeed. If you need any water heater services in the Hartford, CT area, contact a member of the Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning team to get the job done right. 

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Water Heater Parts: The Sacrificial Anode Rod

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Although water heaters occupy a lot of space in the home, they actually operate in a somewhat simple manner. First, water enters the top of the tank through a long tube that leads all the way to the bottom. There is a burner underneath the water heater if it runs on gas, or there is an electric heating element at the bottom and toward the top of an electric water heater. Due to the heat rising principle, hot water rises to the top of the tank over the denser cold water and through a small tube at the top when a hot water tap turns on. It’s not very often that these units need repair, but you may need to replace the entire unit if it begins to rust.

Whenever steel equipment comes into contact with water, rust and corrosion becomes possible. The only elements that must be present for something to rust are oxygen, water, and iron or one of its alloys (like steel). With a water heater, corrosion is possible, but a tank lining should deter the tank from forming any holes for a while. However, this lining can wear down over time, and rusting is still possible, except for the presence a preventive piece called the anode rod.

The anode rod is a component that prevents the tank from rusting by attracting the particles that lead to corrosion. The anode rod should wear away slowly over time, and eventually, there won’t be anything there to draw away corrosion from the tank.

Unfortunately, in some cases, homeowners neglect to service the water heater and it corrodes anyway. Occasional maintenance is an important step in preventing rust and corrosion. You can have a technician visit your unit and make any necessary adjustments to the burners and electric heating parts. They’ll also clean any dirty heating parts, as these could make the water heater less efficient. Finally, they’ll inspect every portion of the water heater and replace the dip tube if necessary.

Calling Dynamic Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning for regular water heater maintenance helps to prevent premature water heater replacement in Bristol. Give us a call to check on the state of the sacrificial anode rod in your water heater today.

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