What Maintenance Does a Water Heater Need?
Your water heater works hard. Hopefully you don’t take it for granted. Consider everything it does for the comfort and function of your southeastern Massachusetts household. You depend on it for warm and hot water for bathing, laundry, washing dishes, washing hands, and more. And now is when your water heater’s task is even greater. It has to work harder to provide the hot water you need during the winter months because it’s in a colder environment, the water supply it needs to heat is starting off colder, and you’re probably using more hot water.
This winter, you don’t want to get caught in the cold—water, that is. You want a water heater that won’t fail to deliver the warm and hot water you and your family need. Part of making sure your water heater is up to the task is proper maintenance.
Water Heater Maintenance
All of the mechanical devices and equipment in your home should receive routine professional maintenance. A maintenance visit will help keep your equipment running as efficiently as possible. When you consider that your water heater is responsible for roughly 20% of your energy bills (according to the U.S. Department of Energy), it quickly becomes clear that having an inefficiently running water heater would be a waste of energy and money.
Whether your water heater runs on propane, natural gas, or heating oil, W.H. Riley can handle water heater installation, water heater maintenance, and water heater repairs. Whatever your water heater needs, we’ll make sure you stay in hot water (in a good way).
When you trust W.H. Riley with your water heater maintenance, you get a company that believes in quality work and respects your time and property. We’ll work efficiently and treat your property like our own.
For tankless water heaters, the required maintenance mostly deals with cleaning the system in different ways to offset the effects of hard water. A buildup of minerals in your water heater can minimize the efficiency and longevity of your water heater. Even if hard water isn’t common in your region, there are minerals in all tap water that can accumulate over time.
For a conventional or storage water heater, maintenance involves quite a bit more. You need to flush your water heater twice a year (more frequently if you have hard water). The tank needs to be drained and emptied of sediment. You must regularly check the anode, look for leaks, and test the temperature release valve.
Whether you have a conventional or tankless water heater, annual maintenance from a professional is recommended. We can handle that at W.H. Riley. Our capable plumbers service water heaters of all kinds—gas, propane, and electric.
The plumbing professionals at W. H. Riley & Son can help you with all things water heater related. So make W.H. Riley & Son your resource for water heater installation, service, and repairs in southeastern Massachusetts.
Contact W.H. Riley & Son today to learn more about the water heater installation, maintenance, and repair services we provide.