Ways to Maintain Your Water Heater

Since our water heaters are usually hidden away, the out-of-sight-out-of-mind rule applies. We don’t care about our water heaters till we get dosed with a blast of cold water while showering. Your water heater is just as important as your air conditioning unit. Don’t believe us? Try washing dishes or even your hands during the freezing winters of Fort Washington without a water heater.

Even the best water heating systems can fail if not properly maintained. The lifespan of a gas water heater is between 8 to 12 years, whereas that of an electric heater is 10 to 15 years with proper and timely maintenance. Maintaining a water heater is no easy feat. While you can tweak these gadgets here and there, eventually, you would need to call in a professional water heater repair and maintenance company to do the task for you. Continue reading to find out the best ways to maintain and prolong the life of your water heater.

Flush it Once a Year

The role of a water heater in your everyday life is very important, i.e., it supplies you with hot water during the day. However, certain minerals and calcium deposits get left behind when the water gets heated.

This buildup can make it hard for the water heater to keep heating the water for continuous use. Therefore, to keep your water heater functioning, you need to have its tank flushed at least once a year. It’s best to hire a professional for the job and not attempt to remove the calcium and mineral buildup on your own. Apart from this, if your home has hard water, it would be better to get your tank flushed twice a year and have a water softening system installed. This will increase the lifespan of your water heater.

Schedule Annual Maintenance

Water heater repairs are necessary. These bi-annual or annual water heater repair service scheduled calls are essential to increase the heater’s lifespan and make it work better. A maintenance specialist will examine and inspect your heating unit from top to bottom to ensure the anode is working correctly, the pilot light is turned blue instead of red or orange, and that there are no leaks or visible signs of rusting.

The blue light indicates that the system is in perfect working condition, whereas the red and orange light indicates a problem.

Don’t Delay Repairs

A picture of a functional showerhead

Imagine you have gone inside to take a bath, you apply shampoo and soap all over, you stand beneath the shower, and whoosh, a spray of icy cold water hits you. Horrifying, isn’t it? Sometimes our water heaters break down at the most unfortunate times. We can do nothing about it then except maybe wait for 24/7 emergency repair companies like AA Heating and Air Conditioning to send their repair team to fix the mess straight away.

So, how can you avoid such situations altogether? Some signs to look out for include hot water running out quicker than usual, increased energy bills while the consumption remains the same, and hearing strange noises coming from the heater. Contact a professional water heater repair service immediately to prevent a plumbing nightmare if you see any of these signs.  

AA Heating and Air Conditioning provides you with a variety of water heater repairs and air conditioner installation services as well as air conditioning services and HVAC services. To schedule an appointment, contact us here.