don't skip water heater maintenance

09 Nov 2020

Why You Should Never Skip Water Heater Maintenance

This is typically the time of year that homeowners schedule maintenance for their heating systems so that they’re ready to handle the colder temperatures. But there are other parts of your home that also deserve this type of attention—such as your water heater.

The water heater is one plumbing appliance that needs regular checkups and inspections, and this is the perfect time of year to arrange for it. Even though water heaters work on almost every day of the year, they do receive additional work stress during the winter. Plus, winter is typically the time of year when you least want to have your water heating suddenly break down and cut off the hot water supply.

Maintenance Is Good For Your Water Heater

There are not many appliances within your home that do more work than your water heater. After all, you need it for a number of tasks, from showering and bathing, to cooking, cleaning, and more. The stress that’s placed on your water heater will build up, unless it receives routine maintenance, and can lead to problems including energy waste and perhaps even premature system failure.

Here are some of the ways in which maintenance is good for your water heater:

  • Longer Lifespan: All the work your water heater goes through begins to cause wear and tear to the system, which if left unaddressed can lead to premature system replacement. That’s a costly route to take, however. You want the best return on investment possible from your water heater, and maintenance is the only way you can successfully keep age from rapidly catching up with your water heater.
  • Energy Savings: There are a number of ways that a deteriorating water heater will begin to cause the system to drain more power than necessary. One example is the buildup of sediment in the water heater tank, making it harder for the burners to transfer heat into the water in the tank. This forces the burners to run for longer periods and consume more power. Technicians can flush the tank to solve this problem, and there are a number of other steps in maintenance that will keep your water heater working at its peak efficiency level.
  • Catch Repairs Early: During your maintenance appointment, our technicians closely inspect the water heater to locate places where repairs might be needed. We might notice slow leaking areas that can rapidly turn into much bigger problems if left unaddressed, or could find issues with gas flow or flakes of corrosion on the burner. You’ll be able to schedule repairs promptly before they cause trouble and cost you money.
  • Prevent Emergency Breakdowns: This is probably the biggest benefit of water heater maintenance. It gives you the peace of mind that the water heater won’t give out on you unexpectedly. A maintained water heater has the best chance of making it through the coming year with a minimum amount of problems and no need to make emergency repair calls.

Clarke and Rush has been serving residents in the Sacramento area for over 50 years, offering expertise and a commitment to quality that you can trust. Our team strives to be the best in the business, helping our residential and commercial clients overcome plumbing issues and guaranteeing their satisfaction. Contact us today if your water heater needs service.

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