Welcome to Issue #2 of Home Help. This is your chance to learn about home repair stuff and possible save some money. Whether you own or rent this series should be helpful......
I asked the EXPERTS (since I am the furthest thing from an expert) on the subject of Water Heaters.
How often should you change your water heater and what maintenance should you do to keep it operating properly?
Water heaters have an average life expectancy of 8-12 years. To prolong the life of your water heater, annual maintenance is required. Maintenance consists of flushing the water heater to remove sediment and inspecting and replacing the anode rod as necessary.
Most people don't do this annual flushing and that cuts the life short on water heaters, so it's an easy way to extend the life. There should be a nozzle on the bottom of your water heater that you can hook a garden house up to...stretch the hose ot so the water goes into a drain and give it a half hour to lett the water all drain out before replacing the nozzle and letting it refill.
Remember when you do the draining you will be without hot water for a couple of hours so time your dish washing and showering accordingly.
If you can't fix the problem on your own, or your water heater springs a leak, you can always call our friends at ASAP Drain Guys & Plumbing at 951-253-4332 or visit them online at: