If you have noticed that your water is not as hot as it used to be, it could be an aging water heater. The plumbing in your home is not always screaming at you when something is going out. We wish all our customers were in that situation. So, if you notice the small hints that you could have a plumbing issue don’t delay and get a licensed professional out to investigate.
The team here at Bear’s Plumbing loves working this time of year. The fall just seems to make everyone happy. We are a team of happy plumbers and want to share that happiness with all our customers.
One way to improve your water heater’s efficiency is to have it flushed annually. However, if your water heater is older than 8 years old we do not recommend flushing it, as it could cause a potential leak.
Over time, minerals like magnesium and calcium build up in your water heater’s tank. These minerals eventually settle at the bottom of the tank and harden, forming sediment. When sediment settles in your tank, it can force the system to work unnecessarily harder to heat your water. Eventually, that extra work forces pressure to build up in the tank, causing overheating and even ruptures. You can easily drain water heater sediment by fully draining your tank and flushing it out with cold water at least once per year, (up to 3 times if you have hard water) for optimal efficiency.
Removing sediments will help your heater run much more efficiently and prevent the more costly repairs that can occur as a result of their buildup. Flushing your water heater is a relatively simple project that you can do yourself if you have the right tools. You can also hire a professional to do it and we at Bear’s Plumbing would be glad to help you.
When you’re ready, call the happy plumber aka Bear aka Bear’s Plumbing at 281-350-2327