When it comes to the lifespan of your water heater, most systems last between eight and twelve years. Some brands are, of course, designed to last longer than others, but even if you have a high-quality system, if you don’t maintain it, you will shorten its life.
Water heaters bring outside cold water into your home and then heat it with an electric element or a gas burner. Over time, the minerals that are in the water create sediment in the tank. This sediment then settles at the bottom.
Here’s why this is a problem.
Why sediment is bad for your water heater
Let’s look at gas systems specifically. As sediment settles at the bottom of the tank, it negatively affects the energy efficiency of the system. This is because gas water heaters have heat exchangers at the bottom of the tank, and the sediment stops it from functioning as it should. The result is an inefficient system.
Another problem with sediment build-up is limescale. This mineral deposit will collect at the bottom of the tank and harden, which reduces its energy efficiency even more. Eventually, if you don’t take care of this issue and let it continue to accumulate and collect, you may have a clogged system that’s not only inefficient but also possibly dangerous as it could lead to a leak.
Even electric systems rely on heating coils at the bottom of the tank for their power source, so as sediment collects in there they can cause damage, as well as lower energy efficiency.
Increase the life expectancy of your water heater
A tank flush can help extend the life expectancy of your water heater by removing the sediment that’s collected in the bottom of the unit. Experts estimate that by not routinely maintaining your water heater by removing sediment, you are removing two or more years from the system’s lifespan.
Over and above that, the sediment can cause components of the system to fail, which means you are in for expensive repairs.
What signs to look out for if it’s time for a tank flush
When it comes to knowing whether or not you need a tank flush, keep an eye out for the following:
- Noises such as rumbling coming from the tank
- A drop in water pressure
- Water temperature in your home drops
How to maintain your water heater with a tank flush
This is one best left to the professionals. To make sure you get the most out of your water heater, a tank flush will preserve its life and make sure it functions optimally. A specialist will bring the right piping and equipment in to flush the water tank correctly, removing all sediment that has gradually settled over time.
You’ll be left with a water heating system that is operating at its best. You’ll also be avoiding potentially expensive repair bills down the line.
If you’re looking to preserve the life of your water heater, our team of specialists will make sure your water tank is sediment-free! Let us handle your water heater repair in Milford, DE.
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