When it comes to maintaining your home comfort systems, it can be easy to forget about one piece of equipment in particular, even though you rely on it each and every day. That’s right, your water heater!
Yes, this system does need maintenance, so that our team can thoroughly inspect it and make adjustments as necessary. We’ll also alert you to repair needs during this tune-up so you can get those on your schedule.
Your water heater will have come with a manufacturer’s guide that outlines how often you should have maintenance done, but the general rule of thumb is once a year. But what does this entail, and why is it so important? Read on to find out!
Maintenance Allows Us to Flush Sediment Out
The majority of American homes use a traditional storage tank model water heater. This means that water is stored within the water heater itself for quick access. However, this also allows sediment to build up, usually from hard water.
What’s hard water? Water with a high level of minerals in it–namely calcium, magnesium, and iron. These minerals are harmless to ingest, and therefore probably don’t get as much attention as they should. The truth is, they can be really bad for your plumbing system–leading to corrosion and leaks. Your water heater is no exception.
This sediment can also build up and stick to the heat exchangers, meaning your water heater might not even be able to effectively heat the water to the full degree it should be able to.
Flushing out your water heater to get that sediment out is vital to keeping your water heater working as efficiently as possible, for as long as possible.
We Check the Anode Rod
This is the part of your tank water heater that actually allows your water heater to work without succumbing to rust and corrosion. The anode rod dissolves naturally over time to protect the water heater itself. During your maintenance tune-up, your water heater technician will check the anode rod to see if it needs replacing. Neglecting the anode rod will result in a rusted, broken-down water heater that’s probably going to spring a leak if it hasn’t already.
Don’t Skip Maintenannce!
Water heater maintenance helps to provide cleaner, healthier, and higher quality water to your home, but more importantly it allows your water heater to do its job to the best of its ability. Regular, professional, maintenance will help keep the system working at its best and increase its lifespan by preventing rusting and decay. It can also prevent your drain valve from becoming clogged up since dirt and debris can cause a clog or blockage.
Does a Tankless Water Heater Need Maintenance?
Yes! While it’s true that you won’t have standing water and therefore a tankless system doesn’t have much of a chance for hard water minerals to settle, those mineral deposits can still find their way into the tankless system and settle onto the heat exchangers. Therefore, you need professional maintenance to get this cleaned off.