Hot Water Heater Maintenance

Access to hot water is essential to a good quality of life. Modern water heaters use gas or electricity to provide instant access to hot water for bathing, dishwashing, and other applications. But how do you maintain your hot water heater? There are several signs that it is time to call a professional for hot water heater maintenance.

Signs Your Water Heater Requires Maintenance

There are some symptoms you can look for to know when your water heater requires maintenance. At Red Rooter Plumbing, our plumbers can diagnose the warning signs and perform maintenance or water heater repairs.

The following symptoms are signs that you need water heater maintenance:

Even if your water heater is running well, an annual maintenance check will ensure your water heater will perform efficiently for years to come. Between maintenance services, you can help your water heater run at peak performance with some attention.

When It's Too Late for Hot Water Heater Repairs

Although many water heater issues can be repaired by a qualified water heater pro, not everything can be fixed. For example, if your water heater storage tank has a major leak, there’s no way to repair it and you’ll need to consider a new water heater. Another reason for water heater replacement is the age of your water heater. Generally, they last between 15 and 20 years, so if yours is nearing that age, talk to us about our water heater replacement and installation services.

Tips for Maintaining Your Water Heater

Home and business owners can take steps to help their water heater run efficiently. What are some simple ways you can maintain a water heater?

The following tips will help you maintain your water heater:

Routine maintenance service from Red Rooter Plumbing will make sure the water heater is safe and efficient.

Hot Water Heater Upkeep

Upkeep is essential to the lifespan and performance of your water heater. Clogs, leaks, and corrosion can be detrimental to your water heater’s longevity and energy-efficiency. Hot water heater upkeep includes replacing worn parts. The sacrificial anode rod is a water heater component that attracts oxidation over time to prevent corrosion within the water tank. It is made of magnesium or zinc and should be replaced every three to five years.

A professional plumber can replace the anode rod with the correct replacement part. Inspecting the anode rod can help diagnose if there is too much oxygen inside your tank, a sign of cracks in the tank.

Water heater upkeep also requires routine flushing of the water heater. What can happen if you don’t flush your water heater? Calcium, magnesium, and sediment can build up in the water tank, especially in homes with hard water. The heat present in the tank will cause scaling in the tank and pipes of the water heater and eventually result in obstruction.

A plumber can drain and flush the water heater to reduce or eliminate scaling. Two flushes per year will be sufficient for most homes and businesses, but hard water may require more frequent flushing. A water heater maintenance program is an excellent way to make sure your water heater is maintained.

Why Have a Water Heater Maintenance Program?

A hot water heater maintenance program is the professional approach to water heater upkeep and will help you avoid premature water heater replacement. Many home and business owners do not realize that maintenance and many replacement parts are not covered under the manufacturer’s warranty. At Red Rooter Plumbing, our water heater maintenance program provides comprehensive water heater maintenance. Our maintenance program covers all standard sizes, tankless, and lowboy water heaters. The goal of our maintenance program is to deliver seamless hot water heater upkeep.

At Red Rooter Plumbing, we serve West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Boca Raton, Port Saint Lucie, and surrounding areas. Customers have relied on our hot water heater maintenance in Palm Beach County to improve the lifespan and efficiency of their hot water heaters. Contact us to schedule service and learn about our water heater maintenance programs today.

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