Water heaters are vital in modern homes—a ready supply of hot water so we can wash the dishes, clean the house, do laundry, and shower comfortably. We often forget about these plumbing powerhouses until they break down and we’re left taking cold showers and scrambling to find a repairman. Journeyman plumbers here at Sabre Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning recommend water heater maintenance to help prevent an unwelcome interruption of hot water you can’t live without.
What Is a Drain and Flush?
Water heater maintenance involves draining all of the water out of your tank. Then flushing away any debris that has built up inside—including sand, calcium, rust, and other sediment. This helps prevent clogs and breakdowns; improve the overall quality of your water; and extend the lifespan of your system.
Why Do I Need Water Heater Maintenance?
The number one reason water heaters leak and fail is from not being cleaned and maintained. Annual maintenance is recommended for all water heaters, but is especially important if you have hard water. Mineral deposits and scaling can severely damage your system and cause its heating element to fail. Buildup also causes strange noises, limits how much hot water your system can store, and affects how your water tastes. A thorough cleaning removes this debris and helps your system reach its full lifespan of eight to 12 years.
DIY Maintenance or Hire a Professional?
Some people might perform their own water heater maintenance, but that doesn’t mean you should. It’s best to work with a professional plumber who has the right equipment and know-how to do the job safely and completely. Water heaters can be dangerous if not serviced properly. You already trust our Bryant® technicians—it only makes sense to trust our plumbers, too.
While in your home, our plumbers can identify problems and offer tips for better water heater performance. Call now or schedule online to have your water heater serviced—or learn more about water heaters from our pros, plus how to pick the unit that’s right for your home.