Your water heater is one of the most important components in your home, providing regular hot water for cooking, cleaning and bathing. Traditional tank water heaters are by far the most common, because they do their job efficiently and without fuss. Most of them sit tucked away in little-used parts of the home such as the basement or the garage, and they do their jobs very quietly. That makes it very difficult to spot problems and when the signs of difficulty appear, it’s often far too late to make repairs: replacement may be necessary.
The best way to do this is to have your water heater serviced by a trained technician once a year. It can eliminate a number of problems before they start, as well as helping your water heater continue to do its job quietly and effectively. Here’s a breakdown on how it works and the benefits it provides.
What Does an Inspection Provide?
A water heater inspection or maintenance session isn’t the same as a repair session, which is intended to address a specific concern. Instead, the technician will give the water heater a thorough look, and check for any smaller problems that might not merit a repair call on their own, but which can build up and cause serious issues down the road.
For instance, hard water can lead to a slow development of sediment on the bottom of the tank: insulating the water you need heated from the heat source. The cost of heating the water will go up and wear-and-tear on the tank itself will increase. Flushing the tank out and removing the sediment is a standard part of any maintenance session.
Similar issues benefit from maintenance, such as the replacement of the anode rod. This device prevents the sides of the water tank from rusting, but it needs to be replaced every 2-3 years. If it isn’t, then the resulting rust can eat away at the sides of the tank until the whole water heater needs to be replaced.
Such issues amount to preventative care, which can end up saving you a great deal of money in the long run. More importantly, it can extend the life of your water heater, allowing you to gain maximum use out of an important (and not inexpensive) component of your home.
Spring means cleaning for many homes in the area, as the weather gets warm enough to open up the house and air out the musty feeling that has been building all winter. The same holds true for your water heater, which is called upon to do serious work over the winter when hot water becomes all the more important and freezing weather can often wreak havoc with the connected plumbing system. As the water heater ages, regular maintenance should be an annual occurrence, and spring makes the best point to give it a look.
If you’re looking to give your water heater a close inspection here in Wyckoff, NJ, call on the friendly pros at Design Air Inc. to do the job right!