Schedule Water Heater Service Now To Avoid Getting Stuck Without Hot Water Tomorrow!
Of all the appliances in a home, few are as indispensable as the water heater. Everyone in the house relies on it for many tasks, from handwashing and bathing to washing dishes and doing laundry. And yet, not everyone realizes that their water heater depends on regular maintenance to keep running efficiently and without problems.
In fact, most water heater issues and breakdowns are a direct result of insufficient maintenance or neglect. So instead of waiting until the unit stops working and having to take cold showers until it gets repaired or replaced, homeowners can simply schedule a service visit - and with autumn’s cool weather just around the corner, there’s no time to lose.
Is Water Heater Maintenance Really Important?
Regular water heater maintenance is vital for minimizing wear and tear, maximizing unit efficiency, and prolonging the unit’s life. It also helps keep the home and its occupants safe by reducing the risks of gas leaks, carbon monoxide emissions, overheated water, and overpressurization.
Routine maintenance is so important to the longevity and proper function of a water heater that most manufacturer warranties become void if the unit isn’t professionally serviced on a regular basis. Every warranty is different, but one maintenance visit per year is the most common minimum requirement. In general, this is a good baseline even without a warranty, but some homeowners may need it more frequently if the unit is older or they have very hard water.
What’s Involved In Water Heater Maintenance?
A typical water heater maintenance service usually takes about 1-2 hours and involves a variety of tasks. The specific tasks depend on the type of water heater (electric, gas, conventional, tankless, etc.). Still, some are standard across all types, like flushing the unit to remove mineral deposits, checking and tightening electrical connections, and testing safety devices, to name a few.
On conventional units, the T&P (temperature & pressure) relief valve will be tested for proper function, and the anode rod (a device that helps prevent tank corrosion) will be inspected. The burners, pilot light orifice, and exhaust pipe will be inspected and cleaned on gas-powered units. On tankless units, the air and water filters will be cleaned. On electric units, the heating elements will be checked and the amperage measured for irregularities.
How To Tell When Your Water Heater Is In Trouble
While keeping up with maintenance is the best way to prevent major issues with a water heater, it also helps to catch problems as early as possible. Fortunately, there are several signs a water heater may need repairing.
The clearest indicators are problems with the water itself - low hot water pressure, not enough hot water, the water is too hot or not hot enough, the hot water smells funny or has an odd color, etc. These can be caused by mineral scale, tank corrosion, ignition problems, thermostat issues, burners/heating elements, or automatic safety switches.
Strange noises coming from the unit (such as popping, hissing, booming, or whining) could be caused by sediment buildup in the tank, mineral scale in the pipes, delayed gas ignition, or even a gas leak. Any of these issues can severely damage the unit or create a dangerous situation, so any homeowners who observe them should call their trusted local plumber without delay.
About E.R. Services
E.R. Services has been handling the residential and commercial plumbing needs of their community since 1997. Their outstanding customer service, honest pricing, and total satisfaction guarantee have earned them numerous awards and an A+ rating with the BBB. They are open 24/7, 365 days a year, so there’s no one better to call for water heater maintenance and repair in Charlotte, NC!