What does An Anode Rod Do? 

Getting to know your water heater – both inside and out!

gas water heater tennesseeHave you ever thought about your water heater tank? Admittedly, it’s probably not much, unless it’s time to have your water heater serviced (which you should be doing once a year!)

But, there’s something in your tank that is essential to protecting your water heater tank and helping it to last longer that you should know about: the anode rod.

For context, there are several things that make your water heater tank vulnerable to corrosion, including: heat, any acidity in your home’s water supply, and the simple reality that steel ultimately decays in water.

Corrosion is what causes your water heater tank to develop leaks and eventually fail. The anode rod is there to prevent exactly that.

An anode rod – a steel core wire surrounded with aluminum, magnesium or zinc that mounts inside your storage tank – draws the corrosion process to itself rather than the tank lining. That’s why you may hear professionals refer to the anode rod as the “sacrificial rod.”

A typical anode rod will last about five years, depending on how much water goes through the tank. If you use a water softener, the anode rod’s lifespan can be cut in half, making it a piece that will need attention every 2.5 – 3 years.

Once your anode rod is spent, your tank will corrode much faster. Do the math: Replacing an anode rod is cheaper than replacing your tank. Regular water heater maintenance helps protect your investment and keeps your water heater working at its best efficiency for a longer time.

Tankless water heaters: comfort and savings without worry

Don’t want to deal with anode rods, or even the tank itself? Upgrade to a propane tankless water heater! We sell and expertly install top-quality tankless water heaters from some of the best makers in the business, including like Noritz. Here are some of the benefits of choosing a propane tankless water heater:

  • Endless hot water whenever you want it, even if someone else is taking a shower or the dishwasher is running.
  • Since water is heated only when you need it, you can save up to 40% on your water heating energy costs. And when you consider that heating water makes up about 20% of your home’s heating costs – that means big savings!
  • With no tanks, there are no worries about the corrosion in the tank, or tank failure with all the damage that can go with that.
  • Tankless systems are more compact, most about the size of a regular suitcase, and can be mounted on the wall. They can fit in closets, attics, crawl spaces, and other places a conventional water heater with a tank can’t go.

Not only do we install your new water heater, we provide safe and reliable propane delivery, too.

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