Some systems and appliances in your home are going to get a lot of your attention. We live in a very hot area for most of the year, for instance, so your AC is hopefully very well-maintained. You change your air filter regularly, or at least you should. Other appliances that are just as important, however, may not get quite the same level of attention. This is commonly the case with water heaters in Las Vegas. And it’s a big problem.
If you had your water heater installed and you don’t really think about it at all anymore, then you may really be rolling the dice in terms of your anode rod and its overall condition. If you’re asking yourself what an anode rod even is, then it is probably time to take a step back and, well, read the following blog! An anode rod is a very important component in any tank-style water heater, and you cannot overlook yours!
So, What Is It Exactly?
An anode rod is also called a “sacrificial” anode rod. A bit melodramatic, perhaps, but it’s an appropriate moniker nonetheless. Basically, the anode rod is installed in the water heater and sits in the tank, where its entire purpose is to corrode away.
Why the heck would you include a component in a system if it’s just intended to rot out?
Because it prevents the same sad fate from befalling the tank itself.
Most water heater tanks are made of steel. As you probably remember from science class, metals like steel will corrode when in contact with water. Why make a tank out of a corrosive material? Well, it’s strong, it’s durable, and it’s affordable. To prevent the tank from corroding, it is generally lined with glass.
What Happens When the Glass Cracks?
This is where potential problems begin. Because the interior lining of the water heater storage tank is subject to such high temperatures, over time you can expect some cracks to develop. That gives the water in the storage tank the opportunity to go to town on your tank. The anode rod prevents this from happening.
Anode rods are made of materials that known to attract corrosive elements in water, such as aluminum or zinc. In fact, some anode rods even use electricity to attract these elements! That way, the anode rod is going to rust out before your tank will. That’s all well and good, until the anode rod is done for!
Hire a Professional to Change Your Anode Rod
The truth is that there are some homeowners out there that are going to attempt to change their anode rods on their own. We know that there is no talking sense into certain individuals. What we do want to reiterate, however, is that doing so can be time consuming and dangerous.
Hiring a professional to change your anode rod, which should at least be removed for evaluation according to the suggested timeframe documented in the appliance’s manual, is a much better way to handle the situation. Our pros do the job fast and they do the job right, because they’re the experts!