5 Benefits of Flushing your Water Heater

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Top reasons to have tankless water heater flushed regularly by a professional

Did you know that a water heater that needs replacement is one of the most common issues that blindsides homeowners? At Clean Gas we want to help you prevent unnecessary water heater wear and erosion. The best way to prolong the longevity of your appliance is by flushing your tankless water heater.

We recommend you hire a trained professional to service and flush your water heater at least once a year. Why? In Cayman, we have desalinated water and it is mineralized for consumption. In other words, we have an abundance of minerals (sediment) in our water supply. Over time, these minerals build up inside your tanked and tankless water heater, leading to unforeseen issues that can lead to costly repairs. 

A water heater flush helps to rid all of the sediment that accumulates at the bottom of your tanked water heater and your tankless heater exchanger, so you’ll avoid future problems that can arise. You may be asking “Can I flush my own water heater?” Technically, yes but we highly recommend that you hire a professional for the following reasons:

Flushing is time-consuming and messy: Properly flushing your water heater takes at least an hour to complete, and if you don’t know how to flush it properly, you can get sediment and water all over your closet, laundry room or garage, or damage internal moving components.

Any time you work with your water heater, there’s an automatic risk of bodily harm from mishandling equipment that uses gas or electricity. And if you don’t know what you’re doing you can damage important components in your water heater. Also, the water in the tank is extremely hot and errors in the flushing process can cause serious burns if not done properly.

Additionally, you may have other problems that a professional will need to fix. When your water heater is drained, other issues may be found (like a corroded anode rod or a leak) that will require professional expertise to repair.

Important to note here as well is that your water heater needs to meet current code and codes change over the years. Building codes are enforced for your personal safety and security. If your water heater is not installed to meet building code you may need to have some work done to meet current standards.

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A water heater flush with a Clean Gas specialist costs only $145! Cayman water is desalinated and heavily mineralized which causes more building up in the exchanger. An annual water heater flush is essential to keep your appliance in tip top shape. With that said, an annual water heater flush is required by the manufacturer to keep your warranty intact as well.

Below are some of the major advantages that result from regularly flushing your water heater. 

Cleans Out Sediment

Sediment build up inside the tanked water heater is the main cause of water heater failure. If material accumulates at the bottom of your water heater, it gets more challenging for your appliance to operate as intended. Fortunately, most issues are solved with routine maintenance to keep your water heater in good condition. The same goes for your tankless water heater. Sediment build up caused burn through and leaks. 

Reduce Energy Costs

It takes longer to heat a calcified water tank, which means more energy is needed to produce the same volume of hot water, which results in a larger monthly payment from your energy provider. Heating speeds and energy costs go hand in hand. It is typical to notice that strain in your wallet initially when your system needs to work extra hard to accomplish the same results. Flushing your water heater will help you save on your energy bills.

Improve Heating Speeds 

If you’re experiencing issues with your water heater, it will take longer to perform tasks that a new appliance could perform in half the time. Longer wait times result from a challenging “heat transfer procedure" for your water heater caused by debris accumulation inside your tank. It also implies that your hot water will cool more quickly. The effectiveness of your water heater will change instantly after a system flush.

Reduce Water Heater Noise 

Nothing is worse than waking up in the middle of the night to the ominous, maybe terrifying sound of your water heater. An indication that your water heater needs repair is a noisy appliance. Basically, greater noise usually denotes scale buildup within your appliance. The noise can sometimes go away on its own, but that is not a reason to ignore it. Your water heater will eventually lose its ability to circulate water properly due to the accumulation of hardened scale build-up. Flushing your water heater can help prevent this, and keep water circulating. Also, the noise will go away!

Prevent Foul Odors From Stagnant Water

It makes sense that water will stagnate if there is nowhere for it to go, whether as a result of a system malfunction or sediment buildup. If left ignored, unpleasant odors from your water heater can result from stagnant water and will only worsen. Avoid foul odors with a Clean Gas water heater flush. 

Learn more about the benefits of flushing your water heater regularly by visiting this page.

Ready to get your tankless water heater flushed by a Clean Gas Pro? In some cases, you can save money by signing up for an annual service plan. You may pay a few dollars more, but you’ll get more perks and more services throughout the year. When you put all those benefits together, the tankless flush may cost less than it did on its own.

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The Clean Gas team is here to assist you in any propane-related matters. Contact us today to learn more about our propane services, propane maintenance, and safety tips. Call 233-4427 or email gopropane@cleangas.ky.