Your water heater is one of the most important appliances in your household. For one, it provides all your warm water needs – from hot water for cooking to hot water for bathing.
Like other home appliances, your water heater is also subject to the effects of wear and tear and may encounter problems from time to time. These include leaks, as well as little or no hot water. The good news is, these can be avoided by the simple task of flushing the appliance on an annual basis.
Annual Water Heater Flushing
As mentioned, it is ideal to flush your water heater once a year. The problem is, a lot of people neglect this important task when their home plumbing is fine, only to panic at the first sign of trouble.
Worse, by then, the problem is already in an advanced stage. It could require major repairs, or worse, replacement. Either of these would cost a significant amount of money. You can avoid major repairs and early replacement just by doing the simple maintenance task of flushing the water heater.
Sediment Build-up in the Water Tank
When you heat water, the calcium carbonate in the heater precipitates then settles down after some time. This leads to sediment build-up in the heater’s water tank. The build-up of sediment is often a slow process. However, if you live in a hard-water area, your water heater can fill up fast.
When there is excessive sediment build-up, it may result in your home not getting enough hot water or water that is not warm enough. The best way to prevent this from happening is by flushing your water heater on an annual basis.
Benefits of Annual Water Heater Flushing
Flushing your water heater yearly offers lots of benefits. These include:
- Longer useful life of your water heater as you get rid of most water contaminants
- Improved water heater system efficiency
- Enhanced heating ability of the equipment with the removal of all cool patches
- Increased heat performance of the water heater
- Reduced internal corrosion
When air gets inside your water heater, it can cause the equipment to wear away inside. Iron sludge sediments will form in the radiators, as well as in other affected parts. The fragments will then attach themselves to the equipment coverings. This can cause early malfunction of the valves and pumps, as well as cool spots. It will likewise obstruct the hot water coils and heat exchangers.
One solution to the problem of sediment build-up is the yearly flushing of your water heater system. It will help protect your water heater system for the long term.
It is also a good idea to set up a power flushing device. This way, water will flow from the radiators down to the filter. It will then gather all the deposits of iron sludge as soon as they come to the boiler. This will reduce what will proceed to the boiler’s heat exchanger.
You can also add a corrosion remover solution that typically comes in a phosphoric acid base. This will help guaranty deep cleansing for your water heater.
To sum everything up, a water heater is both a mechanical and electrical device. As such, you can expect it to develop problems in the future. In many cases, you do not need to replace it as soon as it shows signs of malfunctioning. A lot of times, all it takes is a minor remedy and a good understanding of the problem at hand.
For more information on annual water heater flushing and other plumbing concerns, get in touch with Spartan Plumbing. Set up an appointment for free consultation now!
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