You clean the counters, you empty the trash, and you scrub the tub, but what about your water heater? Routine water heater maintenance is essential to keeping your equipment working well for years. When’s the last time you gave it a little TLC?
If you’re like most people, the answer is probably “never.” Most people don’t know that water heaters need to be cared for just like any other household appliance or fixture. As a plumber in Phoenix, AZ, I see a lot of water heater disasters, many of which could have been avoided if homeowners only took the time to perform water heater maintenance.
To prolong the life of your water heater and steer clear of any future headaches, I recommend draining and flushing your water heater every year. That’s because sediment and calcium deposits can build up over time. In some cases, the sediment will travel to fixtures,such as sink faucets, lavatory faucets, and shower heads, causing them to deteriorate sooner.
If you allow sediments to build up in your water heater, they can cause:
more wear and tear on your water heater, resulting in more expense for you
more strain on gas heaters because the heaters have to heat through the sediment at the bottom of the tank, which requires extra energy
a shorter lifespan for your water heater
Just like your car needs a yearly tune up, so does your water heater. Remember to drain and flush you tank annually to help it perform at its very best and last for years to come.