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The Importance of Water Heater Maintenance

Monday, February 26, 2018
The Importance of Water Heater Maintenance

If your home in Seattle, Redmond, or Everett has a water heater, regular maintenance is vitally important for your household’s safety and the water heater’s longevity. Here are several things to consider, courtesy of Day & Nite Plumbing & Heating in Lynnwood.

Safety

Water heaters integrate safety devices that require testing at least once a year, if not more. One good example is the relief valve, which if untested can result in someone getting burned or scalded.

Benefits Your Bottom Line

Flushing your water heater once a year or every six months helps reduce your home’s energy use. This is so because draining the water heater contributes to proper function, a cleaner system, faster delivery of hot water, and lower energy usage - all of which add up to a lower monthly utility bill.

Better Efficiency

When speaking of efficiency and water heaters, one of the biggest obstacles is calcium build-up. This build-up of loose minerals in a water heater is quite common, and when these minerals settle at the bottom of your heater, the system has a harder time producing hot water. If you own an electric water heater, mineral build-up can adversely affect the lower heating element, eventually causing it to fail. Meanwhile, homeowners with gas water heaters may have to deal with tank damage and failure due to the presence of “hot spots” created by minerals. Regular flushing and system maintenance are the best way to ensure these problems never occur.

Consistent Quality

Nobody likes jumping in the shower on a freezing morning and being greeted with a blast of cold water. Even worse, the thought of coming home to standing water in your basement because your water heater has broken is enough to send a shiver down anyone’s spine. These are two more reasons why consistent water heater maintenance is so important: it minimizes the likelihood of problems (whether minor or catastrophic) and ensures that your water and your tanks run the way they should.

Extended Lifespan

The average water heater lasts from 8 - 12 years. Neglect to maintain your heater and you’re sure to be on the low end of the range, or even lower. Subject your water heater to an annual or biannual tune-up and you’ll extend its lifespan out to 12 years, possibly more. On a side-note, staying abreast of water heater maintenance will help you to identify the moment when rust build-up occurs. This is one of the main reasons why water heaters eventually require replacing.

Full Volume, All the Time

If you live in Martha Lake, North Creek, or Bothell and you find yourself consistently running low on hot water, it’s a sign that your water heater is ready for maintenance. Water volume shortages are caused by sediment and mineral accumulation, which left unchecked can take a larger and larger slice of your water tank’s volume. A simple twice-a-year flush is all you need to rid your tank of these intruders and get back to full volume, all the time.

For professional, top-quality water heater service near Lynnwood, contact Day & Nite Plumbing & Heating today and get an appointment and an estimate.


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