Most homeowners today simply take water for granted. Even hot water. We expect it to be there when we need it, and we expect it to be hot when we step in the shower. When problems arise however, we all realize how much we are dependant on our plumbing. A properly maintained water heater will provide years of service for cooking, cleaning, and bathing. When neglected however, replacement can be an expensive and frustrating process.Regardless of whether your hot water heater is dependant on electricity or gas, hard water can take its toll on either system. Rust and corrosion from harsh elements will eventually cause any water heater to fail if not maintained properly. Where most water heaters will last a homeowner up to 10 years, tanks that are not cared for may only last a fraction of that time.
Water heaters should be routinely flushed as a part of your annual water heater maintenance plan. During this procedure, a professional plumber will shut the system down and thoroughly drain the unit. When done properly, this process will remove sediment and dislodge any deposits that may be building up inside the tank. Flushing your water heater on a regular basis is a fundamental step in ensuring its continued service.
While flushing your tank, a professional will examine other components that my be showing signs or wear. Flex lines, pressure relief fittings, valves, and other plumbing are all effected by the condition of your water and general day to day use.
While a water heater may not be located in a convenient spot, homeowners should occasionally take the time to casually look over their system. Corrosive build up around fittings and joints, discolored water around the base of the heater, and any odd hissing noises emanating from the tank all are signs that a professional should perform an inspection. A regular maintenance plan will help to avoid emergency service calls.
By properly maintaining your water heater, not only will it extend the life span but it will also help you save on your energy bill.Contact Jim Wagner Plumbing, INC for all of your water heater needs in the Aurora area. Call us today at (630) 577-9241