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Routine Maintenance is Vital for Proper Water Heater Function

Whether a home has a traditional storage water heater with a large hot water tank or a smaller on-demand water heater, both need routine maintenance to continue working safely and efficiently. Water heaters are often taken for granted and therefore are neglected when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. However, water heaters are an essential part of the plumbing system in any home, and they should be taken care of before they start to fail.

Drain and Flush the Hot Water Tank

flushOne crucial step in water heater maintenance is to drain and flush the water heater. A plumbing technician can drain the water from the tank and then send a cleaning solution through the lines to flush any minerals and sediments from the hot water tank. This is also important for tankless water heater maintenance because, despite the name, these instant water heaters do have a small tank. 

Flushing the water heater tank is vital because sediment builds up in the tank over time. If left unchecked, sediment buildup inside the water heater can cause significant problems with the appliance’s efficiency. This sediment is made up of minerals like calcium and magnesium, which enter the tank through the water supply. Over time, this buildup can cause corrosion to the tank’s interior, reducing its lifespan and efficiency. It can also lead to leaks and clogs in the lines, making it essential to periodically flush out any sediment build-up.

Other Tasks Involved in Water Heater Maintenance

maintenanceFlushing the hot water tank is not the only thing that needs to be done for a home’s water heater during maintenance. Many other parts must be checked and replaced if damaged or worn out. One such component is the anode rod. This metal rod inside the hot water tank attracts corrosive materials, so they damage the anode rod instead of the water heater itself. When it wears out, it must be replaced to keep protecting the tank. 

Plumbers will also inspect the water heater for problems like leaks and corrosion. Some other parts that get checked and may be replaced during maintenance include:

  • Heat exchanger
  • T&P valve, or temperature and pressure relief valve
  • Heating element
  • Igniter (on gas-heated water heaters)
  • Fuel lines (if applicable)
  • Pipe connections

Benefits of Maintenance 

There are several reasons why having professional water heater maintenance is beneficial, including the following:

  • Fewer Repairs: If the water heater is routinely maintained, it will be less likely to need emergency attention from professionals and require fewer repairs
  • Longer Lifespan: Water heaters that are correctly maintained last longer and don’t need to be replaced as frequently
  • Energy Efficient: A well-maintained water heater will have better energy efficiency and use less energy than if it had been neglected, saving on energy bills
  • Saves Money: It is much less expensive to pay for routine maintenance than it is to pay for a non-maintained water heater’s emergency repairs, early replacement, and higher water heating costs. 

About Jim Wagner Plumbing, Inc.

Jim Wagner Plumbing, Inc. is a third-generation plumber serving Lombard, IL, and the surrounding areas. They provide flat rate pricing, on-time service, and fast turnaround times. Call them today for water heater repair and maintenance in Lombard, IL.  

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