Why Your Water Heater Should Be Flushed And Serviced Regularly

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Your water heater will have a longer life and fewer problems if you maintain the heater properly. For instance, draining sediment from the heater is something you should do about once a year depending on how much hot water you use.

The maintenance manual that came with your heater instructs you on how often to flush your heater and how to do it. However, if you don't feel comfortable working on the appliance, you can call a plumber to flush the heater and check the safety valve and other parts. Here's why this type of plumbing maintenance is so important.

Why Sediment Should Be Drained

Most sediment doesn't flow on through the tank. Instead, it falls to the bottom and collects over time. If you go for years without flushing the heater, the sediment layer could get quite thick and interfere with the way your heater works. Your water heater may have to work harder, and that could drive up your power bill.

When there's a lot of sediment in your tank, the sediment may start coming out of your faucets when you turn on the hot water. The sediment could keep the heating elements from working, and then you'll be without enough hot water for a shower. All these problems can be avoided by flushing your water heater regularly.

Why A Water Heater Needs To Be Serviced

In addition to flushing the heater, the plumber can check important parts of the heater, like the safety valve, during the service call. As long as your water heater works properly, it's safe. However, a water heater has the potential to become dangerous if the water gets too hot. Water pressure builds as the temperature increases, and that could cause the tank to split or explode.

Water heaters have safety mechanisms to prevent this from happening. There's a valve that releases pressure when it gets too high and a safety mechanism on the heating element that shuts the heat off if the water gets too hot. Your plumber can check these safety mechanisms to ensure they aren't stuck or damaged so you can have peace of mind your water heater isn't a hazard.

How Often You Should Have The Heater Serviced

If you live alone and travel frequently, your water heater may not need to be serviced as often as it would if you live with a large family that uses a lot of hot water daily. Plus, the condition of your water matters too since some water supplies have more minerals and sediment than others.

When your plumber flushes your water heater, they can recommend a frequency for service calls that keeps the sediment from building up and affecting your hot water. However, even if you don't need your tank flushed annually, you should still test the safety valve once or twice a year so it doesn't clog and you know it's operating properly.

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