Most of us don’t think about our water heaters. They sit in the utility room or in our garage just doing their job. Until they don’t. Then we think about them! Like most any item that works hard, preventative maintenance will help your water heater last longer and perform better for years! Here are a few reasons to take care of your water heater!
HEAT WATER MORE QUICKLY
A water heater works best when it’s clean inside. That sounds obvious, but because it’s a closed system, we can’t always know if there’s a buildup just by looking at it. You may notice it because you have less hot water than before or because it takes longer now to get hot between showers and such. Sometimes you’ll hear a “popcorn” type sound indicating you have mineral sludge building up inside the unit.
SPEND LESS EACH MONTH
If your water heater is working more efficiently, then it can provide you the hot water you need with less effort. Of course, by effort, we mean money! It costs money to heat water so we may as well be doing it as efficiently as possible with the heater we already have! The Department of Energy says that heating water accounts for at 14% to 18% of our overall utility costs. No reason to make this number higher than it must be!
EXTEND UNIT LIFE
It’s always nice when we can maximize the life of a purchase. Especially a big purchase like a water heater. Taking care of it by flushing it regularly and performing preventative maintenance will ensure that it lasts for years. Again, because it’s hard to determine if there’s a problem, our water heaters tend to get overlooked. Simply making a preventative maintenance schedule and sticking with it, will help your water heater working in peak performance for years and years. That same Department of Energy reference says that water heaters last between 10 and 15 years on average. How old is yours?
If you need help flushing your water heater, or if it’s time for a new one, contact a local plumber to take a look. You can usually get a free quote for service and then decide which way works best for you!