Extend the Life of Your Water Heater

The most important component in keeping your system healthy is a part called an anode rod

Think about how much you rely on your water heater. We consider heating and cooling systems as critical equipment impacting our comfort and home enjoyment – but water heaters are often overlooked.

The average lifespan of a water heater is 12 years. The most important component in keeping your system healthier, longer is a little-known part called an anode rod. 

What does an anode rod do?

Made of aluminum or magnesium, an anode rod is essentially a magnet for the corrosive elements in your water. As it attracts these elements, your tank avoids corrosion.

That is why the anode rod is the first thing to corrode in a hot water heater – and once it does your hot water heater is vulnerable to failure.

What are the signs that an anode rod needs to be replaced?

You may smell a rotten-egg sulfur odor, you may have no hot water or intermittent heat from you water heater. You may even hear some strange sounds coming from the unit. But the best way to ensure your anode rod is in good shape is to have us come in and inspect it. We can determine if it needs replacing.

Is there any way to help extend the life of the anode rod?

A good pH level in your water will keep your anode rod in good working condition for a longer period of time. A quick water test can determine your pH level and if it doesn’t fall into the recommended range, we can help fix that.

If failure of my anode rod results in needing a new water heater, will my warranty cover it?

Not necessarily. You should check your water heater’s manufacturer warranty, but some require an annual check of the anode rod to stay in compliance.>

How can we help?

Everyone can benefit from the Premier Plumbing Membership from BW Home Services – but it’s especially important for those with well water. It includes:

  • Draining of the hot water heater to extend the life of the water source.
  • Checking your water heater anode rod, which helps prevent corrosion and protects the equipment. An annual check of your anode rod may also keep you compliant with your water heater’s manufacturer warranty.
  • A well water systems test to determine if there are elements in the water that can negatively affect your plumbing system. If you have an in-line filter, we’ll change the cartridge. If you don’t and you need one, we’ll recommend one and give 20% off the installation
  • Inspections of critical systems to ensure they are cycling and/or draining properly: Sump pumps - Well pump/well tank - Sewer/septic pump

In addition, you'll receive:

-24/7 emergency service with no after-hours surcharge
- Priority scheduling for service calls and emergencies
- 20% off plumbing repair when performed during normal business hours

Give us a call at 800.992.2227 or fill out our form to sign up and schedule an appointment to perform annual plumbing maintenance and check your anode rod today!