How Often Should you Flush Your Water Heater?
A water heater flush is key to your water heater’s effectiveness and efficiency.
Your Western New York home’s water heater is one of the most crucial aspects of your home’s plumbing and is the difference between you taking an ice cold shower or not. Water heaters are used every day as part of your daily routine; for things like showering, doing laundry, and cleaning the dishes. It is common for water heaters to wear out or breakdown, due to their frequent use. A water heater flush is key to your water heater’s effectiveness and efficiency. There is no denying the value of flushing your water heater, but just how often should you flush your water heater?
What is a water heater?
As the name implies, a water heater does just that; it heats water. You use this water to shower, wash your hands, cook and clean. A water heater takes cold water from a water supply pipe and heats it up to create warmer water. The heater then pumps the water throughout your home when you open a tap or use an appliance that needs hot water. Water heaters are used to warm water that’s clean and safe for consumption.
What is a water heater flush?
Over time, sediment and corrosion can begin to collect inside the water heater tank, typically at the bottom. This matter is brought in from the tap but is typically not discharged when hot water is sent to the faucets in your Western New York home. When enough buildup has been collected, it can start to negatively impact the water heater’s efficiency and performance.
With natural gas heaters, this sediment can cause uneven heating on the tank that eventually causes leaks. With electric heaters, scaling can burn out the lower heating element. And in both, sediment buildup can clog the drain valve.
Flushing your water heater will clear the sediment. During this process, the tank will be drained through a hose into a bucket, which removes the existing sediment and corrosion. The tank will then refill with fresh, clean, clear water.
How often should you flush your water heater?
Western New York homeowners should flush their water heater around every six months, but if you have extremely hard water, you may want to do it more frequently. Flushing your hot water heater could be needed as often as every few months depending on the mineral content of your local water supply. You can use an at home water testing kit to understand the make-up of your water.
Does water heater maintenance have other benefits?
While the average lifespan of a water heater is around 10 years; with the right annual maintenance and upkeep, you can extend the life of your water heater by several years. Maintenance can also help to make your water heater operate more efficiently.
Regular scheduled water heater maintenance can lead to cost savings and increased efficiency of your system, less of a chance of a breakdown and costly repairs, and help to eliminate system failure surprises and interruption of warm water in your home.
You don’t quite realize how important your water heater is until it stops working. Our team at Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC is standing by, ready to help.
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