Your water heater sits in a corner of your garage, basement, or closet, tucked away from daily life. That means it’s out of view, which further means it’s probably out of your mind most of the time, right? Your water heater is the hub that connects heat to your home’s water supply. With it, you can take a hot shower or cook with hot water without having to think twice.
Experts recommend scheduling a water heater flush annually. The task itself is not overcomplicated, but it does require professional experience and equipment. A flush involves multiple steps, including turning off the water and gas, connecting a hose for drainage, and properly flushing out the water in the system. A water heater flush helps remove built-up sediment and return the water to its crystal-clear levels.
When you regularly flush your water heater, you’ll remove the mineral deposits, dirt, grime, and gunk from the tank. This will help your heater run more efficiently. Proper maintenance and regular flushes will also extend its lifespan, saving you money. Imagine if you never changed out the oil in your car—that buildup would cause major problems on the road and leave you paying to either repair or replace your car. Apply that same logic to your water heater—if you let the dirt and sediment build up for too long, your water heater can no longer work as its intended to and may need to be prematurely replaced. That’s why this service is so vital.
Call in a plumber
While there are plenty of DIY water heater flush solutions to be found on the Internet, if you haven’t dealt with a water heater before like this, it’s best to call a professional team who can handle it without hassle. You don’t want to risk making an even bigger mess, or possibly flooding your garage or bedrooms, when you do it yourself. An experienced plumber will know the ins-and-outs of your water heater and exactly how to flush it safely, giving you peace of mind after their visit. Save yourself a couple of trips to the hardware store and get your water heater checked by your local team at AxsomAir.
At AxsomAir, we specialize in plumbing, heating, cooling, and more, which means we have a team of experts ready to help. If it’s been a while since your water heater has been looked after by a professional, call our team today!
Other tasks a plumber can handle
Another great reason to call a plumber for maintenance is that your plumber can also check for other imperfections in your plumbing system. During your plumber’s visit, they can perform a pressure relief valve check, an anode rod check, a leak detection check, and other vital water heater services.
Sometimes, there are things even the handiest of homeowners let slip when it comes to their home’s plumbing. You may not always be able to detect a leak, especially one hidden in the wall. And while your dishwasher or garbage disposal may seem to be running fine, a knowledgeable plumber can go behind the scenes and make sure everything is working at 100% capacity.
Why you shouldn’t neglect taking care of your water heater
Your water heater is an important part of your home, not only because it’s essential to heating up your water, but also because it allows you a hands-free, easier option for accessing hot water. Imagine if you had no hot water heater or a broken one—you’d have to heat up your water on the stove, and then use it for bathing, cleaning, cooking, and more. If you’ve ever been without hot water, you know how inconvenient and downright miserable it can feel. Why risk a breakdown or neglect such an important system in your home?
If it’s been a few years (or more) since you’ve had your water heater cleaned or flushed, it’s time to get started. At home, keep a running list of all your home maintenance appointments, including any issues you may suspect you have. This list will be important, as it will help remind you when certain systems are due for a tune-up or repair. For example, if you haven’t had your water heater flushed since 2015, it’s time for an appointment!
After your plumber flushes your water heater, write down the date and time of the visit and any notes pertaining to your system. By keeping a written or digital record of your home maintenance, you’ll be more prepared and on track with all systems in your home, from the air conditioner to the water heater.
Call Axsom Air for water heater upkeep services
Keep track of your water heater maintenance schedule and call AxsomAir for a water heater flush today!