Water Heaters

Taking Care of Your Water Heater.

A water heater is easy to forget about—until it suddenly stops working. Regularly scheduled water heater maintenance will uphold performance, use less energy, and extend the life of your unit. Some maintenance tips include:

Periodically Drain Your Tank.

Over time, sediment buildup in water heaters can begin to damage your tank. Periodically draining your tank can help with sediment removal. If you notice that your tank’s water has bits of rust or metal in it, call Rescue Rooter® immediately for water heater repair services. These particles indicate it’s time for anode rod replacement. Your anode rod protects the tank from corrosion by attracting the chemicals that would cause the tank liner to rust. 

Insulate Your Water Heater.

One of the easiest ways to save energy and money is to insulate your water heater. You can save up to 9% in water heating costs and reduce stand-by heat loss by as much as 45%. If your tank is warm to the touch, you should certainly consider insulation. But, if your water heater’s tank already has a high R-value (at least R-24), additional insulation may not be as necessary.

Insulating your water heater tank is easy and inexpensive. Go to your local hardware or plumbing supply store to find precut jackets or blankets for around $10–$20. Choose one with an insulating value of at least R-8 and be sure to ask about offer rebates and even free installation.

Insulating an Electric Water Heater.

Installing a precut jacket or blanket on an electric water heater tank is fairly simple. Read and follow instructions carefully before installation. Leave the thermostat access panel(s) uncovered. Caution: Setting the thermostat above 130ºF on your electric water heater could cause the wiring to overheat.

Professional Water Heater Inspection.

It’s a good idea to schedule a water heater inspection at least once a year. Rescue Rooter® makes it easy by offering annual service plans for your water heater tank. Our plumbing specialists will drain your tank to remove any sediment (if recommended); inspect the tank and connections for rust, wear, or corrosion; replace worn anode rods; check the pressure relief valve; and more.

Contactyour local Rescue Rooter® plumbing repair specialists at 866-468-8442 today to schedule your annual water heater inspection or if you are in need of water heater service.