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Importance of Flushing Your Water Heater

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Water heater manufacturers recommend flushing your water heater at least once a year. Unfortunately, most homeowners don’t even bother to maintain their water heater and decide to skip this step altogether. They would take it for granted until it stops working or end up with a cold shower.

Here are some reasons why you should flush your water heater.

Extend the life of your water heater

Over time, small bits of rock, dirt, minerals and other debris can work its way into your water heater. As a result, your water heater works harder and takes more time to heat the water. Eventually, your tank may rust and slowly be eaten away until you have no choice but to replace it.

Flushing your water heater can help the unit last longer by flushing out debris that can cause it to malfunction. Compared to the cost of new water heaters, routine flushing is a bargain.

Prevent sediment buildup

Every year, thousands of gallons of water enter your water heater. As water is pumped into the tank, tiny amounts of sediments, dirt and minerals such as lime and calcium settles at the bottom.

While small accumulations of sediments are not considered a serious problem, too much of it could impede your heater’s performance. Flushing helps control sediment buildup and keeps it running efficiently.

It is important to flush your water heater regularly before it can do any harm to your water heater. Sediment build up can clog the drain valve and potentially decrease the amount of hot water the tank can hold.

Reduce noise

You’re about to fall asleep and you suddenly hear some bubbling, crackling or popping sounds. It’s late at night and you’re wondering where the noise is coming from. The culprit is your water heater. If you hear these sounds, we bet you haven’t flushed the heater before. If you want the noise to go away, your best move is to flush your water heater.

 

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