Flush your Water Heater
Flush your Water Heater – A water heater flush is when a professional drains your water heater tank of all its water. Sounds pointless, sure, but the real point behind draining the water is to flush out all of the sediment that accumulates at the bottom of the tank. You can visit our website for a detailed list of all our capabilities here including water heater installation and water heater repair.
So what is this sediment and where is it coming from?
Well that sediment actually comes from your water. You see, many areas in Colorado have “hard water” (water high in minerals like calcium and magnesium). And over time, those minerals settle to the bottom of your water heater, creating “sediment buildup”.
Now, a small amount of sediment buildup isn’t necessarily harmful. But over the years, if your water heater doesn’t get flushed, that sediment can cause your tank to burst (among other costly problems). Large amounts of sediment could be an example of a problem that indicates that you have a serious issue with your water heater. If this is something that you’re experiencing, you may want to check the Signs Your Water Heater May Need to be Repaired or Replaced post so you can contact the relevant professionals as soon as possible for a water heater repair service. The longer you leave it, the worse it could get.
So how often do I need to flush my water heater?
Well, it all depends on how hard your water is: In Plano and Dallas, the concentration of hardness as calcium carbonate in milligrams per liter vary in areas from between 121 to 180 milligrams per liter to as much as 181 to 250 milligrams per liter. Based on these levels of calcium, you should flush your water heater at least once per year and ideally should be twice per year. If you need assistance in doing this or require help with any other plumbing-related concerns then you may want to reach out to your local plumber – like these plumbing fargo experts, if you’re in North Dakota.
So Why should you flush your water heater?
1. A premature breakdown
As sediment starts to build up on the inside of your tank, it insulates the water from the burners. This forces your water heater to eventually overheat the water. And as water heats, it expands. So the hotter the water gets, the more pressure builds up inside the tank-until it bursts a leak, or worse, explodes. LAVERGNE’S PLUMBING & HEATING can help you with that.
And the worst part? Before your water heater dies, you’ll likely see frequent, expensive repairs due to sediment buildup. For example, if sediment collects on your water heater’s heating element, it can cause it to overheat and require you to get a water heater replacement wallington, nj.
2. Hot water shortage
This problem is pretty simple: if you have a 40-gallon water heater with 10 gallons of sediment, you now have a 30-gallon water heater. Which is a drastic difference in hot water supply, especially if you have several people in your household.
3. Noise from water heater.
If a water heater has a good amount of sediment build up inside the tank, it will start making loud popping or knocking noises. That popping noises is caused by overheated water/steam that jostles the sediment at the bottom of the tank as it tries to rise.