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Why the Sacrificial Anode Rod is so Important to Water Heaters

Although you may not realize it, your water heater is one of the most essential components for your day-to-day life. Not only does it keep your shower warm and make temperatures bearable, you also need hot water for a number of daily tasks, including doing laundry, washing dishes, and washing your face and hands. Without access to warm water, we’d be a lot less comfortable in our own homes.

A water heater can run for years—decades in some cases—without any damage. But at the moment rust begins to form, your water heater is no longer viable. Rust leads to corrosion, meaning you never know when your system will begin to leak. Luckily, the anode rod is a part that protects the unit from rust—as long as you maintain it with regular services. Protect your system by scheduling regular maintenance for your water heater in Salt Lake City.

The Sacrificial Anode Rod and Water Heater Maintenance

Maintenance of a water heater is an important service for any water heater. Water heaters may seem to be in good condition for many years, but they can still have hidden problems that can have an impact on the unit in the future or add onto your monthly cost. For example, a dirty burner may not heat up water quickly enough, making your water heater inefficient.

One of the biggest potential problems for a water heater is if the sacrificial anode rod wears down too much. The sacrificial anode rod is a component that has only one goal: to corrode. This small rod is made of magnesium or aluminum. These elements are highly corrosive, which means corrosion should be diverted to the rod instead of to the steel tank as long as it is intact.

The sacrificial anode rod helps to protect your tank from rust and corrosion. But it can corrode so much that it is no longer effective. If you schedule regular water heater maintenance, a technician can let you know whether the anode rod needs replacement, and clean or adjust other components that may cause trouble or contribute to inefficiency.

The At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air team has plenty of experience with water heaters in Salt Lake City, so we can recognize when the anode rod is nearing the end of its life. Call us today!

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At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air provides excellent heating, air conditioning, plumbing, indoor air quality, water treatment and water heater services throughout the greater Salt Lake City, UT area, including the installation of new systems and components, and the replacement of the old, as well as ongoing repair and maintenance. Established in 1980, we have served the home comfort needs of our local community for over 30 years. Whether you need your stop and waste valve replaced or a new "green," energy–efficient HVAC system installed, we can make sure that the job is completed properly. Our HVAC contractors are NATE–certified and we employ Master and Journeyman plumbers. We are confident in our ability to satisfy any issue that may arise in your home, 24 hours a day. Give one of our friendly staff members a call today to learn more about what we can do for your home.

At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air offers quality heating, air conditioning and plumbing services throughout the Salt Lake City, UT area, including repair, installation and maintenance.

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When it comes to ensuring that you are comfortable during the winter months in Salt Lake City, you need to make certain that you have an excellent heating system. We offer comprehensive heating services in Salt Lake City, including installation, replacement, repair and maintenance services for a wide variety of equipment, including boilers, furnaces, and radiant heat systems. Whether you’d like to save more on your energy bills from month to month with an energy efficient heater or you want to retrofit a zone control system into your existing furnace setup, we provide heating solutions.

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For truly year–round comfort, your home needs an excellent air conditioner. At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air offers excellent air conditioning services throughout the Salt Lake City, UT area, from AC repair to maintenance, installation to replacement. We can make sure that your entire home is cooled to your satisfaction, no matter how hot and unpleasant it gets outside. We want you to feel comfortable in your home, and we have the experience and expertise to make sure that this is the case.

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Our services go well beyond HVAC, however. In addition to providing heating and cooling solutions, we provide a wide range of plumbing services throughout the Salt Lake City, UT area. From whole–house repiping to drain cleaning, water line installation to leak detection, sprinkler system timer repair to kitchen plumbing, we have got you covered. We can make sure that you are able to use water safely, effectively, and efficiently in your home.

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During this very unusual time, we have put a plan in place to do our part to help keep our community safe. First and foremost, we are going to stay CALM, PATIENT, KIND, and POSITIVE!

There is much to consider regarding the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) and its possible transmission in your home. While there are various and effective indoor air quality measures available to help protect your safety, including duct sanitization, ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light treatment, and HEPA air filters, they alone cannot protect from all forms of COVID-19 transmission. It is important to follow all official guidelines for preventing the spread of this virus.

Because we have a direct impact on the indoor environment, here are practical steps we are going to take to keep people safe:

  • Wash our hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water
  • Cover our nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing
  • Wash our uniforms every day including cleaning our belts
  • Stay home if we are feeling sick
  • Offer a warm smile and friendly greeting instead of a handshake
  • Wear shoe covers and latex gloves in homes and businesses
  • Wipe down surfaces and equipment touched in a client’s home with disinfectant wipes
  • Wipe down door handles, steering wheels, gear shift lever every day
  • Wipe down pens, clipboards, tablets, cell phones, and anything else passes between techs and clients.
  • We have masks on each truck and will wear them at client’s discretion (Currently the CDC does not recommend that people wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19)
  • We are complying with all recommendations and guidelines from state agencies and will be proactive in our efforts to see that our team members and clients are protected.

As the situation unfolds, we will take each day one at a time and ensure we are being smart, supportive, and helping all those we can in our community.

Thank you for your continued support!