We recommend our customers have routine maintenance for their water heaters done every year. We include water heater service as part of our Ultimate Savings Agreement Plan, which provides you with excellent plumbing maintenance service each year.
One of the steps we perform to care for your water heater is a water heater flush and fill. The flush is one of the most vital maintenance tasks for a water heater. In fact, you’ve probably heard advice about having it done separately from other maintenance jobs. You may have even read advice on how you can do it yourself.
Before we go further to explain the water heater flush and why it’s important, please keep this in mind: don’t try to flush the water heater on your own. It’s simply too difficult and requires too many extra tools and training. Leave the job to us—we can do it fast and effectively.
What a Water Heater Flush Does
Flushing the water heater means our plumbers drain all the water from the tank, leaving it empty. Afterwards, we refill the tank with water from the standard water lines. The purpose of this is to remove the sediment in the tank. Any water heater with a tank will gradually accumulate sediment found in the water from the freshwater supply. The amount of sediment is higher in areas that have hard water (which is common in the Phoenix area).
Why the Tank Flush Is Beneficial
There will be some level of sediment in the tank, no matter if the water supply has hard water or not. Flushing out this sediment is important because of these benefits:
- It extends the service life of the water heater. Sediment can cause a water heater to overheat, and this is especially true in the case of hard water, which allows limescale to develop along the walls of the tank, trapping heat inside. It also encourages corrosion, which will bring an end to a water heater’s lifespan years early.
- It improves water heater energy efficiency. A layer of sediment along the bottom of the tank forms an insulating layer between the burners and the water. This makes it harder for the burners to raise the temperature of the water and instead expends extra energy to do the job.
- It prevents repair issues. You can’t stop all repair problems thanks to a tank flush, but you’ll stop many that come from spikes in pressure, temperature, and general overwork that sediment causes.
- It keeps water volume at its maximum. Sediment takes up space that should go to hot water. the more that builds up, the less hot water you’ll have at any given time.
- It makes the water heater run quieter. Rumbling and popping sounds from a water heater tank are usually due to sediment issues.
When it comes to water heaters in Sun City, AZ, we’re the experts you can trust. If you haven’t arranged for your regular tank maintenance and flush for a while, put your trust in the Trusted Plumber team!
The Trusted Plumber serves Glendale, AZ and the surrounding areas. Call today to schedule plumbing maintenance to care for your water heater.