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Anode Rod: What It Is and Why It Matters

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Regular maintenance is crucial to the functionality and life expectancy of your water heater. It ensures that you have enough hot water to get you through the day. More importantly, it spares you from costly water heater repair in Westlake, LA.

One of the essential components of your water heater is the anode rod. Read on as Allstar Plumbing shares a quick overview of what it is and why it matters.

What is an Anode Rod?

The anode rod is a metal rod located in the center of the tank. A tankless water heater won’t have one. Its purpose is to keep the tank from deteriorating by attracting corrosive elements from the water, so they won’t attack the tank. That means the rod will corrode first, extending the service life of the water heater.

What is the Anode Rod Made Of?

The anode rod is created from a variety of metals that help you avoid premature water heater replacement. Magnesium rods work best with soft water, while aluminum is ideal for those with hard water. Zinc is a popular option for anode rod replacement, especially if you notice a rotten egg smell in the home.

When Should You Inspect the Anode Rod?

As your go-to plumber in Westlake, LA, we can perform annual maintenance on your water heater. During the inspection, we will make sure the anode rod is still doing its role effectively.

When Should You Replace the Anode Rod?

Regular water heater maintenance includes replacing the anode rod when it’s past its prime. When it corrodes to the point that it looks thin and worn, it will put your water heater tank at risk of damage.

At Allstar Plumbing, our services don’t just stop with water heater installation. We will make sure your heater continues to work at its best with routine inspections and tune-ups. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment.

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