Your water heater works 24/7, 365 days a year to provide hot water whenever you need it. This demanding work schedule takes its toll on parts and expected service life. If you have noticed hot water issues, such as water discoloration, your water heater needs some TLC. Have you had a water heater tune up recently? Read on to learn why you should!
Why Tune Ups Are Important
Like your refrigerator, HVAC system and plumbing, your water heater provides an essential service to make life more comfortable and productive. Treat your water heater right, and it will pay off.
- Energy efficiency: Water heating accounts for approximately 17 percent of the average home’s energy usage. When parts wear out or become overly dirty, you lose efficiency and energy dollars.
- Safety: Water heater parts should be inspected each year to prevent safety issues regarding gas lines, burners, high pressure, water leaks and tank ruptures.
- Avoid repairs: Regular service and parts replacement saves you an extra service call. Replace parts as manufacturer suggested during water heater tune up time, and save money and time.
- Service life: Water heaters typically last anywhere from 8 to 15 years. That’s quite a gap. Take care of your appliance to get as many years out of it as possible. Catastrophic water heater failures and replacement are not cheap!
Water Heater Tune Up
Make home maintenance easy. Schedule water heater tune ups in the spring and fall when your A/C and furnace are serviced. Following are the basics of water heater TLC:
- Inspection: Your technician inspects the flue to insure efficient flow of dangerous gases. Flex hoses and gas lines are inspected. The storage tank is checked for water leaks and rust.
- Cleaning: The water heater is drained and cleaned to remove sediment.
- Parts replacement: The anode rod, which is designed to rust instead of your steel water heater, should be replaced every 2 to 4 years.
- Evaluation: You’ll receive an itemized list of services and the overall health of your water heater.
When is the last time you had a water heater tune up? Contact Roth Heating & Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical to schedule yours!
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