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Maintaining Your Water Heater by Shane Mahaffey, Towne Plumber

April 16, 20241 min read

Water heaters are one of the most frequently used appliances in our homes. However, many homeowners we speak to are unaware that regular maintenance for their water heater is not only beneficial but necessary.

Given the significant investment that water heaters represent, paying attention to manufacturer-recommended maintenance can greatly extend the unit's lifespan and efficiency.

As a general guideline, it is recommended to flush water heater tanks at least once a year. In areas with hard water, it may be advisable to flush them twice a year. Sediment tends to accumulate at the bottom of water heater tanks. Over time, this buildup can cause the heater to heat the sediment rather than the water, leading to slower heating times and potential damage such as a faulty heating element. Regularly flushing your water heater will prevent sediment buildup, allowing for quicker water heating and reduced energy bills.

With proper maintenance and care, it is possible to extend the average lifespan of a water heater to 8-10 years. This simple maintenance task can save homeowners money in the long run while ensuring their water heater operates efficiently.

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