The Benefits of Water Heater Maintenance

water-heater-maintenanceWater heaters are among the most important appliances in your home: delivering clean hot water for cooking, cleaning, and bathing. They do their jobs quietly for the most part, and since they’re usually placed in spots like the basement that rarely see daily activity, any problems with one tends to sneak up on you. The best way to prevent this is to schedule water heater maintenance once a year from a trained technician. Summer is an excellent time to do so, when the weather is warm and you don’t need to concern yourself with freezing temperatures or heavy snowfall interfering with the process.

What Is It?

Water heater maintenance isn’t quite the same as repair, which is intended to address a single problem. It’s a means of dealing with natural wear and tear on the system, as well as giving it a thorough look for any problems that might be forming, but haven’t yet interfered with the system’s ability to function. The technician will check the status of pipes and connections, replace any loose bolts or other fittings, flush out the tank to remove sediment on the bottom, install a new anode rod if the old one has worn down, and similar details. If more extensive repairs are called for, the technician can arrange for that service call as well.

The Benefits

The biggest and most important benefit of water heater maintenance is catching those serious problems before they get out of hand. Water heaters rarely show signs of a problem until the damage is extensive. For example, once the anode rod wears out, rust will begin to form on the inside of the tank, but you might not spot it until the water from our taps comes out all reddish brown. By then, the damage is quite extensive and you will likely need to replace the entire water heater instead of just calling for repairs.

Maintenance lets the technician check for those issues before they become critical. In the event a problem is detected, you can get it addressed according to your timetable, and usually at a much lower cost. In many cases, maintenance can flat-out prevent the need for repairs, such as when the anode rod is replaced well before it wears out.

That in turn, helps the water heater perform much more effectively than it would otherwise. Regular maintenance cuts down on wear and tear, which means the system can do its job much more efficiently than it might otherwise. It also means that the chances of a breakdown are seriously reduced, helping you rest easier knowing that your water heater is always performing at its best.

Perhaps most importantly of all, regular maintenance will help extend the life of your water heater, ensuring that it provides reliable for months or even years past the expiration of its warranty. Considering the nuisances and expense of replacing your water heater, this can save you a great deal of effort.

For timely water heater maintenance in Davison, MI, call Davison Heating & Cooling today!

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