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Should I Replace My Water Heater?

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

tank-water-heaterThe water heater in any home, regardless of occupancy numbers, does an incredible amount of work throughout the year. Unlike a system such as your heater or air conditioner, your water heater in Des Moines, IA does not have an off-season. Your water heater not only provides hot water for your showers and cleaning, but also for those other appliances — dishwasher, clothes washing machine — that require hot water in their operation. It is a big job, and today’s water heaters are manufactured to ensure that they stand up to the task.

Great as many of the water heaters on the market today may be, though, there is not a single water heater out there that is perfect. All water heaters will require repairs from time to time, and your water heater is going to need to be replaced eventually. When should the replacement happen, though? After all, you don’t really want to wait for your system to break down entirely before replacing it, do you? Here are some tips to help you decide if your water heater has reached the end of the line.

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What Is an Anode Rod?

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Most modern water heaters using storage tanks are made of steel, and they have a glass lining in them in order to protect the tank itself from the corrosive effects of being in constant contact with water. Eventually, though, that lining is going to crack. The anode rod in your hot water tank serves as an added defense against the corrosion of the tank. While many problems with tank water heaters in Des Moines, IA can be resolved with quality repairs, a corroded storage tank is more than likely going to result in the need for a replacement. This is why the use of a good anode rod is so important. 

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