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Prolonging Your Hot Water Heater's Life

Is you hot water heater not working very well?  It could be just old, and worn out. Normally it is about 10 years with your hot water heater, and then you may want to think about investing in a new one, but they can last up to 15-20 years.  Flame Furnace is more than happy to let you know if you need a new hot water heater and to help you find the right one for your home.  Until you get to that stage, here are a few ways to help prolong your water heater’s life:

  •  Cleaning out your tank!  On older heaters especially this should be done annually.  Cleaning or flushing out your tank helps to clear out built up sediment and therefore keep your unit running efficiently.  If you have a newer heater, you may want to check and see if it can self-clean.
  • Installing another anode rod-the Anode rod is a rod that is part of your water heater that is made of aluminum or magnesium and it collects the corrosion, so that your tank does not.  You anode rod is a little like your hot water heater’s hero.  Replacing your anode rod is also a good idea.

These are just two ways to help your hot water heater live longer, but there are some others.  Call Flame or comment on the blog if you have any other questions, and also check out our website: www.ffold.awcsite.info

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