We’ve talked about hot water heaters, their installation, maintenance, and repair a lot in our plumbing blog. This is because hot water on demand is a modern luxury that most families don’t want to live without. Hot water is a modern convenience that does not go unnoticed and the access to it is not usually taken for granted. At Culler Plumbing Services, we can handle all of your hot water heater installation and repair. We’ve seen hot water heaters of varying upkeep and maintenance and have helped many families who are frustrated when it isn’t performing at its best. In today’s post, we want to take some time to discuss routine hot water maintenance to help keep your hot water heater performing at its best.

A typical hot water heater can last between 10 and 15 years, depending on the make, how much it is used, and what routine maintenance is completed. There are a few different types of water heaters, check out our other articles that discuss the topic.
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Clean the tank.

Cleaning your hot water heater tank should be on your annual maintenance checklist, especially if you are one of the 80% of American homes that has hard water. Not only will cleaning the water tank on your water heater help keep your water heater performing at its best, but it will add years to its expected lifespan and help ensure they end user — you and your family — is delivered the cleanest hot water at your faucets. To clean your hot water tank, first, make sure you cut the water and power to it. Then simply empty it and scrub it. Avoid using any chemicals in the tank, as these will be passed along in the water that runs through it. Cleaning your water tank will remove any scale, sediment, and algae buildup and leave you with fresh, clean water that won’t clog your plumbing system or the water heater.

Perform inspection and repair.

Water heater inspections should be conducted regularly to ensure your water heater functions properly for years to come. Inspections can be done at the same time as the cleaning if you wish. Inspections should be done that includes checking the functioning and efficiency of all the working parts. Inspections can catch minor issues before they become big problems, saving you a ton of money in the long run. If you are not comfortable conducting a water heater inspection, the plumbing technicians at Culler Plumbing Services offer affordable water heater maintenance options.

Treat the water that is used.

Installing water filters or water softeners is not completely necessary since hard water is not a danger to you or your family’s health. However, hard water is much harder on your appliances, your clothing, and your skin, so there are arguments that can be made for the case of treating all of the water that is pumped into your home. One such appliance that water softeners help is your water heater. Soft water prevents calcium and sediment buildup, which can significantly improve the performance of your water heater and other appliances, as well as extend the lifespan of them. Culler Plumbing Services can help you with affordable water filtration and softener options and help you install the equipment. For more information on hard water and its effects on your plumbing, check our some of our past articles:
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At Culler Plumbing Services, we have been installing, maintaining, and repairing water heaters in Belleville for more than 25 years. Our plumbing technicians can inspect and clean yours or help you replace one that is no longer viable. For all of your water heater and other plumbing needs, contact us to schedule your appointment.