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November 29,2023

Importance of Winter Water Heater Maintenance

As winter nears, your home must be prepared to provide warmth and comfort during these frigid months. A crucial aspect of preparation for this is water heater maintenance. Keeping it running at peak conditions ensures consistent hot water supplies, increases efficiency, and extends the unit's lifespan. Mr. Rooter Plumbing discusses why regular maintenance of water heaters is essential and explores the roles plumbers play in the repair/installation services of water heaters.

Why Water Heater Maintenance Is Essential

  • Prevent Breakdowns: Regular water heater maintenance by professional plumbing services can prevent unexpected breakdowns from a malfunctioning water heater, leaving you cold shower-bound this winter! Routine checks can identify minor problems early before they turn into costly water heater repair needs.
  • Energy Efficiency: Proper maintenance of water heaters ensures they run more efficiently. Sediment build-up in heaters is often an inefficiency issue that increases heating costs; with proper services from plumbers, they can flush away this sediment to ensure your unit operates more effectively while saving on energy bills.
  • Prolong Lifespan: Regular maintenance will extend the lifespan of your water heater. Components like anode rods that protect tanks against corrosion should be checked and changed at intervals; plumbing services specialize in performing these maintenance services to extend their working lifespan and keep them functioning for as long as possible.
  • Safety: Malfunctioning water heaters pose potential safety threats, from leakage leading to water damage or carbon monoxide emission in gas heaters to carbon monoxide emissions that could threaten us all. Regular inspection by professional plumbing services will provide peace of mind that all safety components and valves are operating as intended, providing peace of mind.
  • Water Quality: Over time, water heaters may accumulate rust or other contaminants that taint water quality for humans and pets. Therefore, regular maintenance must occur to keep it free from contaminants threatening its safety for consumption by both parties involved.

Professional Assistance

While some basic maintenance can be conducted independently, for optimal results, it's recommended that you consult a trusted plumber at least once annually and request an inspection of your water heater. Here's when calling an HVAC service can come in handy:

  • Unusual Noises: Is Your Water Heater Producing Unexpected Sounds? A dependable plumber can easily address this problem to ensure a more peaceful water heating experience for you and your family.
  • Experiences Inconsistent Water Temperatures: If your home or business is experiencing inconsistent water temperatures, contact a plumbing service immediately, as this could indicate that something internal, such as the heating element, has failed or there could be another complication present that requires professional intervention.
  • Leaks: Any signs of leakage around a water heater warrant immediate notification to a plumbing service for water heater repair services.
  • Age of the Water Heater: If your water heater is over ten years old, it must receive regular checks as older units tend to develop issues faster and may eventually require replacement.

DIY Maintenance Tips

Regular professional maintenance may be essential, but there are also simple DIY tasks you can perform yourself to help maintain the condition of your water heater:

  • Regularly Check Pressure Relief Valve: When testing this valve, lift and release its lever until its spring clicks back, hoping the water will burst forth from its overflow drainpipe into your overflow pipe - otherwise, contact a plumber! If nothing does this, then now is the time.
  • Regularly Examine Water Heaters for Leaks: Conduct regular visual checks around your water heater for signs of leaks or water damage to ensure optimal functioning.
  • Keep the Area Around Your Water Heater Clear: To prevent airflow blockages caused by gas water heaters, ensure there's no clutter near them. This step is especially critical to their use.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing

With winter upon us, maintaining your water heater must be more stressful. Regular maintenance ensures efficiency, safety, and longevity and protects against costly emergency repair bills. Inspections and water heater installation by Mr. Rooter Plumbing are invaluable when investing in regular maintenance to guarantee warm and cozy living quarters throughout winter. Investing in routine upkeep ensures a warm home for years ahead.

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