What’s Included in Water Heater Maintenance?
A hot water heater should be inspected 1-2 times annually. Here’s what that includes:
TPR Valve Inspection
Our technicians will inspect the temperature release valve to ensure it isn’t blocked or damaged. This valve lets water to drain if the pressure inside the tank gets too high.
Damage and Corrosion Inspection
The anode rod is designed to intentionally attract debris, corroding itself rather than the water heater. We’ll examine it to see if this should be replaced.
Flushing & Cleaning
Tank water heaters should be flushed a couple times a year to avoid the buildup of rust, corrosion, or sediment. Tankless water heaters should also be cleaned out periodically to ensure continued efficiency.
Tankless water heaters have filters that should be cleaned on a scheduled basis. These filters prevent sediment and excess buildup from getting into your piping systems.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What maintenance is recommended for a tank water heater?
Tank water heaters should be drained at least once a year. Technicians will also inspect internal components like the anode rod to see if it needs to be replaced, as well as the temperature pressure release (TPR) valve to ensure it’s not blocked. The TPR valve releases water when there is too much pressure in the tank and ensures that your pipes don’t burst. If this valve isn’t working correctly, we can recommend if it needs to be replaced.
What maintenance is recommended for a tankless water heater?
Although tankless water heaters don’t store water, the system still should be flushed from time to time. There are also two filters in tankless water heaters that stop buildup or debris from getting through, and our techs check and clean those meticulously.
How often does a water heater need to be serviced?
Homeowners should schedule hot water heater maintenance 1-2 times per year, depending on the model of water heater, energy source and neighborhood water quality. Tankless water heaters should have maintenance done twice annually.
Are maintenance plans worth the investment?
Maintenance plans are worth the investment for several reasons. Having routine maintenance for both tank and tankless water heaters can decrease the need for expensive repairs because things are less likely to break. You can also prolong the life span of your water heater, avoiding premature replacement.
How do I drain my water heater?
Read our step-by-step guide on how to drain your water heater.
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