It’s always a shocking feeling when the hot water turns cold during a shower. Water heater maintenance will keep your system operating with all of the hot water you and your family need. Many homeowners don’t realize their water heater needs to be maintained just like other appliances in the home. When water enters the water heater, sediment, dirt and many minerals can settle inside of a water tank. The quality of the water could cause the heating element to work harder and use more energy than normal. In addition to using more energy, it can cause a water tank to rust prematurely and leak. Once a tank begins to leak, an owner has no choice but to replace the tank.
A traditional water heater should be flushed once a year to remove any sediment in the bottom of the tank. The gas or electric supply must be off, and the water has to cool. These types of water heaters also have a pressure relief valve that should be check, so the tank doesn’t explode. All of the connections should be checked for any signs of a leak. If it’s a gas water heater, all of the connections for the vent should be evaluated by a trained plumber. Improper ventilation can cause carbon monoxide to enter the home and make occupants ill inside. In some cases, very high levels of carbon monoxide can cause death.
Tankless water heaters also need maintenance. Tankless water heater maintenance Bryn Mawr have a screen that helps to keep larger pieces of sediment from entering the tank. These screens are similar to a screen on a water line for a washing machine. The screen prohibits debris from affecting the sensor housing and limiting the use of the water heater. Maintenance on the screen is necessary to keep the unit operating at peak performance. A tankless water heater can still have extremely hot water in it that could cause severe burns and should only be performed by a trained plumber.
Sheehan Plumbing and Heating has skilled plumbers who can perform the necessary maintenance, repairs, and installation of water heaters. If you’re having problems with your water heater, they can help.