When to Replace Your Water Heater Anode Rod

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The anode rod, or sacrificial anode, is an unassuming component that is often overlooked, but it plays a vital role in ensuring your water heater efficiently performs its function. A.M. Plumbing and Rooter has years of experience providing quality water heater repair in Temecula, CA, and we’ll discuss the indications that your water heater anode needs replacing.

Corrosion on the Anode Rod

The sacrificial anode attracts corrosive elements in the water into itself instead of the steel tank. Over time, this protection mechanism takes its toll on the rod, causing it to rust. If you notice significant corrosion on the anode rod during a routine inspection, it’s time for a new one. Neglecting this crucial maintenance step could lead to corrosion within the tank itself, potentially resulting in the need for new water heater installation.

Reduced Hot Water Supply

As the rod depletes, it becomes less effective in protecting the steel tank from corrosion. Corrosion can build up on the tank’s inner surface, reducing the tank’s capacity and heat transfer efficiency. Consequently, your hot water heater struggles to provide the same volume of hot water it once did. Professional water heater services can efficiently replace the anode rod, ensuring a consistent and reliable hot water supply throughout your daily routines.

Unpleasant Odors or Tastes in Water

These issues are a strong indicator that your anode rod may be reaching the end of its effectiveness and is due for replacement. Bacteria can feed on the metals in the rod, releasing byproducts that affect the odor and taste of your water. In addition to the nuisance, this situation can pose health concerns, making anode rod replacement a critical maintenance task.

Strange Noises

As the anode rod deteriorates, its ability to prevent sediment buildup within your hot water heater becomes compromised. This sediment accumulation can result in peculiar popping or cracking noises emanating from your appliance. Investing in a new anode rod will resolve this issue and significantly improve the overall performance and longevity of your water heater.

A.M. Plumbing and Rooter is the certified team you can rely on to effectively address water heater concerns. Whether you own a tankless water heater or a traditional tank-style model, our technicians will make sure that it remains in top shape and continues to provide a steady hot water supply for your home. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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