Water Heater Tuneup and Flush
Have you had your water heater serviced recently? If not, call the water heater plumbing specialists today to have your water heater tuned-up and flushed. Our plumbers service the Wasatch Front from Ogden, Salt Lake City, to South of Orem.
Did you know that regular maintenance affects the life expectancy and energy efficiency of your water heater? The average life expectancy of a conventional water heater is 8-12 years. But this can be greatly shortened if not properly maintained.
Our plumbing specialists service Salt Lake, Ogden, Orem and surrounding areas.
Why is a water heater tuneup and flush needed?
Water heater manufacturers recommend having your water heater flushed and maintained at least once a year to avoid premature failure. In Utah we have hard water, and the minerals found in the water combined with dissolved oxygen add conductivity to the water. Through electrolysis, this conductivity will eventually cause the metal tank to corrode and rust. When water is heated the process of electrolysis is accelerated. The hard water found in Salt Lake, Utah County and surrounding areas leaves a sediment behind called scale. This sediment can build up over time. When heated, it gradually hardens and causes a sediment buffer between the gas burner and the water. In an electric heater this scale can stick to the heating element and make it less energy efficient. In both gas and electric water heaters, this scale buildup can also cause the drain valve to become clogged.
Water heaters are made to last a certain amount of time, but proper maintenance is needed to ensure they reach their life expectancy. An important part of a water heater is the sacrificial anode rod, a metal rod that is made of magnesium, aluminum, or zinc that is inserted and secured from the top of the water heater tank into the water. The sacrificial anode rod attracts the corrosive process to it, instead of the metal tank wall. Over time, the sacrificial anode rod corrodes away. Once the anode rod is depleted, the inside wall of the tank is left vulnerable to the corrosive process. An anode rod typically lasts about 2 – 5 years depending on the condition of your water. When you have a water heater tune-up and flush performed, the anode rod will be checked to determine if a new one is needed.
In addition to flushing the sediment from your water heater tank and checking the anode rod, a licensed plumber will also examine your water heater for leaks and check the integrity of the tank, verify that the pressure relief valve is in good working order, inspect the gas shut off valve, and check the temperature control and heating chamber.
If your water heater tank has not been maintained regularly, flushing the sediment from your tank, though rare, could dislodge particles that were blocking a leak, which would be a definite sign that a repair or possible replacement is necessary. Yearly maintenance is essential to keeping your water heater working and avoiding early failure.
Tankless Water Heater Maintenance by Salt Lake City’s Experts
Tankless Water Heaters require periodic maintenance as well. Tankless manufacturers recommend that you flush your heater once a year. Though they don’t have a large water tank, they still need to be descaled (remove the lime and mineral buildup). This is done with a system flush using a descaling solution. Also important is to check the inline screen filter for debris.
A tankless water heater tuneup includes having the inlet water strainer cleaned, exhaust screens cleaned, gas and water shut off inspected, condensate drain inspected, and sediment trap cleaned.
If you are ready to have your water heater tank tuned-up and flushed, give the plumbers at Black Diamond Experts a call.
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