Ever wonder how that big piece of equipment that keeps your house warm actually works? Now that we’re approaching winter, it’s important to understand what your water heater does and how it works so you can stay warm and cozy all season long.
A water heater has a burner that heats up a tank full of water. The burner in a water heater is very similar to a gas stove. It heats the bottom of the tank just like your stove would heat up the pot full of water and then the water is distributed to the parts of your home where warm water is needed.
In the water heaters in 90-95% of the homes in Minnesota, you’ll find sediment that has built up over time. Water from the city comes with a variety of different minerals which are filtered through the water heater. Notice a popping sound from time to time? The sound is caused when the minerals pop off the bottom of the tank as they are heated.
Water has different chemicals in it that attack steel. By putting in an anode rod, the water attacks the rod rather than the steel tank. They typically last about ten years and then need to be replaced so the chemicals don’t begin attacking the tank.
Want to learn more about your hot water heater? Contact the pros at Uptown Plumbing today! We’re waiting to hear from you.