The Science Behind It
Sediment buildup is a common issue in water heaters, affecting their efficiency and lifespan. The accumulation of sediment inside the water heater tank can result in valve blockage, causing leaks and a range of other complications. This leads to increased energy consumption, wear and tear on the system, and, eventually, replacement.
Most commonly, sediment buildup can lead to corrosion inside the tank, which can cause leaks and other damage. Regular flushing can prevent corrosion by removing sediment before it has a chance to settle and corrode the tank.
When to Schedule a Flushing
It's best to schedule a professional technician for spring maintenance before the busy season. The technician can flush out the sediment at that time and check for leaks or other issues before they're too busy. This will usually save you from paying insanely high prices during the busy season when they're scheduled for 12-14 hour days.
Signs that indicate your water heater needs flushing include strange noises, reduced hot water output, and discolored water. If you notice any of these symptoms, it's time to schedule a flush.
DIY vs. Professional Service
While it's possible to flush your water heater yourself, we advise against it. All of our water heater tank flushes are performed by professional technicians. An experienced technician has the tools and expertise to thoroughly clean the tank and check for any underlying issues.
Cost Savings and Longevity
The potential cost savings over the long term are significant. Regular flushing can extend the life of your water heater by several years, reducing the need for costly repairs and replacements. It also improves the heater's efficiency, lowering energy costs.
In conclusion, flushing your water heater every spring is an essential preventative measure that can save you money in the long run and extend the life of your system. Make sure to schedule a professional technician, and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about efficiently managing your rental properties in the San Antonio area.
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