You use your water heater every day without realizing it. This appliance requires a lot of energy to provide hot water for cleaning dishes, cooking, bathing, and other activities. A water heater is a complex system that requires a professional plumber to maintain (and who can do so safely). Neglecting water heater maintenance can have consequences like reduced efficiency, higher energy bills, and safety hazards especially with operating a faulty unit or drinking contaminated water.
Fortunately, our Houston plumbers can maintain your water heater so it’s safe, efficient, and reliable.
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If your water heater isn’t working right, we recommend calling to schedule water heater maintenance no matter when the unit was last serviced. Common signs it should be looked at include:
Experienced plumbers have the skills, training, and equipment to diagnose these issues quickly. A technician can determine how to fix the unit. Or, if it’s old and/or has extensive damage, they may suggest replacing it.
Water heater maintenance has many benefits even when the unit is working normally. It can reduce the risk of costly repairs and breakdowns. With routine maintenance, it’s also possible to improve performance, energy efficiency, and the lifespan of your water heater. When servicing your appliance for maintenance, a technician will:
Performing water heater maintenance requires following safety precautions that not everyone knows about. That’s one reason to hire a professional. Before starting, they will turn off the power or gas supply and then drain the tank. While working on your water heater, the technician will wear safety gloves, goggles, and other protective equipment.
In addition, they can help educate you on the importance of safely using and maintaining the system. For example, they may explain and demonstrate the following:
Attempting DIY repairs can be dangerous and risks damaging the unit (resulting in costly repairs and possibly voiding the warranty).
We recommend scheduling professional water heater maintenance once a year. Otherwise, sediment can build up in the tank and the unit can become unsafe to use.
A well-maintained tank-style water heater can last 10 to 15 years. If you have a tankless water heater and maintain it as recommended, it can last 20 years.
Only if you’re familiar with how your water heater works. A plumber can quickly flush a water heater while following the manufacturer’s recommendations and safety precautions.
Regular water heater maintenance can save you money and reduces the risk of a water heater breaking down. It also makes a plumber’s job easier as they can make minor adjustments and fixes instead of major repairs. If you haven’t yet done so, schedule your annual water heater maintenance visit with Village Plumbing. Members of our Village Partner Plan receive a discount on their annual water heater flush. Request service online or call 713-526-1491 to get started.