Hot water heaters are a mainstay of Pottstown, PA indoor comfort. However, most of us pay little attention to these hardworking units until they cause trouble. What most people don’t know is that maintaining a hot water heater is as important as maintaining your HVAC. Most water heaters last for about ten years, but with proper maintenance, they can last for decades. Here are three reasons why properly maintaining the unit is a good idea whether you do it yourself or call in an expert:
Flushes Out Mineral And Sediment Deposits
Heating water causes minerals and other sediment to collect in the bottom of the tank where it can damage the heating element. Hard water produces more sediment than soft water, but all water produces some. Sediment buildup can interfere with the water heater’s efficiency and the water temperature. To keep sediment buildup from getting out of control, the tank should be flushed every year. Annual flushing preserves the life of the holding tank and the heating element. It also helps the unit to perform at peak efficiency.
Insulated Water Heaters Are Energy-Efficient Water Heaters
Water heaters wrapped in insulation are more energy efficient because they hold water temperature longer. If your tank is hot to the touch, insulation could save you up to $20 every month on your water heating bill. It can also improve the efficiency of the unit by up to 40 percent. Insulation extends the lifespan of the heating element because it won’t have to work so hard to heat the water. Plus, you only have to do it once.
Ensures That Anode Rod And Heating Element Are In Good Condition
The anode rod absorbs corrosion that would otherwise rust out the tank, possibly causing it to explode. The anode rod should be checked every year and replaced when necessary. Heating elements wear out just like anode rods, and you’ll know when it happens because there will be no hot water. Rather than being surprised and having to call a repair professional in the middle of a shower, have the heating element checked annually and replace it when necessary.
Curious about energy-efficient tankless water heaters and the benefits of water heater maintenance in your Pottstown, PA home? Visit New Age Air or call 610-298-0271.