Hot water is an essential element for every residence and business. Your water heater is probably something you don’t think about until it doesn’t work. While the average life of a water heater is eight to 12 years, routine maintenance is required to prolong the life of your system.
The three benefits of water heater maintenance are:
Sediment builds up in water heaters which makes your system less efficient. The sediment is caused by loose minerals that settle on the bottom of the tank. The heating element of a water heater is at the bottom of the tank. If this heat is blocked by sediment, the water heater must work harder to heat the water. An annual clean and flush will ensure all the sediment that has built up is flushed out and ensures your heater is working as efficiently as possible.
On average, homeowners have a plumber in their home once every three years. By conducting a yearly water heater maintenance check, plumbers will catch water leaks, corrosion, and anything that could lead to a plumbing emergency.
Maintaining your water heater helps you avoid surprise plumbing emergencies such as no hot water or a flood caused by a broken water heater.
In simpler terms, flushing a water heater is the act of cleaning the heater. Flushing your water heater every six months ensures sediment, calcium, and minerals don’t cause expensive problems. Follow the steps below and your hot water heater should be clean in about 25 minutes (not including time to let the tank cool)!