Water Heaters Need Cleaning Too!

When was the last time you cleaned your water heater? If this is a task that you’ve fallen behind on, autumn is the perfect time to get back on schedule. With colder months ahead, you definitely want to make sure that your water heater is in good condition and that it will be working smoothly throughout the winter months. After all, no one wants a cold shower on a freezing winter morning!

Too often, water heater maintenance is overlooked or put off. Today we’re going to talk about some of the basics of hot water heater flushing in hopes of making sure that your water heater is clean and well maintained this fall.

How Often Should You Clean Your Water Heater?

It might surprise you to learn that you should clean your water heater at least once a year. Sediment and minerals are continually building up in your water heater. If you don’t regularly clean and flush your tank, this sediment will continue to build up and create problems for both your hot water heater and your plumbing.

By doing a flushing every year gets rid of excess sediment, which makes your water heater more efficient. Staying on top of this maintenance also extends the lifespan of your water heater and minimizes the risks of leaks or other water heater plumbing issues. To make sure that you stay up to date on this project, add water heater flushing to your fall to-do list. It’s the perfect time of year to complete this annual maintenance.

Is Your Water Heater Due for a Cleaning?

Sometimes even if you regularly clean your water heater, you will see some signs that it needs to be flushed out. If you hear banging sounds from your water heater, if you get less hot water than usual or if you see sediment in the drain valve, it’s likely time to clean out your water heater.

If you notice any of these things, it’s a good idea to clean your water heater as soon as possible to avoid damage to your unit. Being aware of the signs that your water heater needs to be cleaned is an easy way to avoid a plumbing headache or potentially a plumbing emergency.

When Is It Time to Install a New Water Heater?

Unfortunately, even if you properly maintain and clean your water heater, at some point it’s going to need to be replaced. Rather than waiting until it completely goes out or starts leaking, try to be proactive about replacing it.

There are often signs that your water heater is about to go out. If your hot water is lukewarm, cloudy or has rust in it, it could mean that your water heater needs to be replaced. Further, if you hear banging sounds from your water heater even after it’s cleaned or if your tank is leaking, it could mean that it’s time for a new unit. If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to have your unit inspected to determine if it’s time to replace it.

We hope you’ll check and clean your water heater this fall. If you need any help with this process or have any concerns about your water heater, call Water Heater Medic today at (860) 896-3342.