Water Heater Maintenance in Southeast Michigan

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If you don’t want to replace your water heater early, schedule annual water heater maintenance. Inspections, adjustments, and tune-ups can avoid dealing with a cold shower, hazardous gas leak, or appliance breakdown. Aside from preventing water heater failure, maintenance can avoid expensive repairs and improve energy efficiency, so the potential for long-term savings is significant.

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What Does Water Heater Maintenance Entail?

Water heaters require various maintenance tasks to ensure optimal performance. These include: 

  • Flushing the tank of sediment and hard water mineral deposits.
  • Inspecting and, if necessary, replacing the anode rod.
  • Testing the temperature and pressure relief valve.
  • Tightening the drain valve, which can be a source of water leakage.
  • Adjusting the temperature setting to 120℉.

Regularly flushing a water heater helps prevent rust and corrosion and ensures the unit can produce hot water. Maintaining the proper temperature setting avoids being scalded by hot water yet keeps water warm enough to avoid bacterial growth. The anode rod attracts minerals and other deposits; once it wears out, these will begin to build up in the tank.

Every water heater model has its own requirements, so follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. If you’re not familiar with or comfortable with water heater maintenance, hire a professional to help.

Why Is Professional Water Heater Maintenance Important?

Attempting DIY maintenance can be dangerous. You risk damaging your water heater or being injured by tools and heavy equipment. There are also electrical hazards to consider, and the risk of triggering a gas leak. Tampering with the pressure relief valve risks water leaks, water heater damage, or a tank explosion.

A water heater maintenance professional can avoid these hazards and has the expertise to make any necessary adjustments. They are thorough in checking for any developing issues. By performing minor repairs, they can avoid more expensive work in the future. Proper maintenance can also save on energy costs and extend the lifespan of the unit.

Hoover’s Water Heater Maintenance Services

During annual water heater maintenance, we’ll perform a complete inspection of your appliance. In addition to identifying potential issues to fix and avoid breakdowns, we’ll flush the tank, check the pressure relief valve, and adjust the temperature. The technician will run through a full checklist that includes these tasks and more. Our team will ensure your system is efficient, reliable, and long-lasting whether you have a traditional or tankless water heater.

Signs Your Water Heater May Need Maintenance

We recommend setting a water heater maintenance schedule, but you don’t have to wait for service if you notice common signs of an issue, such as:

  • No Hot Water
  • Hot Water Runs Out Quickly
  • Low Water Pressure
  • Sudden Loud Noises
  • Discolored, Rusty-Looking Water
  • A Spike In Your Energy Bill

Any of these signs may point to an underlying issue. The sooner you call a professional, the more likely an expensive repair or water heater breakdown can be avoided. However, preventative maintenance and adjustments can prevent problems that could lead to costly repairs/replacements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your water heater should receive maintenance at least once a year. If you have hard water with a high concentration of minerals, consider flushing the tank every six months.

A large amount of sediment can prevent the unit from heating water. The water temperature may also fluctuate. Your hot water may have strange odors or a rusty tint, or the water heater may make odd noises due to the heating and movement of sediment.

Flushing a water heater requires opening the drain valve and letting the water drain away. The process can take from 20 to 60 minutes. Open the cold water valve to filter out the sediment until the water draining from the unit looks clear. If you’ve never done this before, it’s best to hire a technician.

Without maintenance, leaks, corrosion, and sediment buildup will create serious problems and can cause your water heater to fail prematurely. You’ll also deal with the costs of decreased efficiency and more frequent repairs.

Turning off your water heater won’t save much energy. The process of turning it on and off can increase wear. Turn off the power to an electric water heater and the gas supply to the tank if you’ll be away for a month or longer. Otherwise, leave the unit running.

Call Hoover for Water Heater Maintenance

Water heater maintenance can improve the reliability, efficiency, and longevity of your appliance. It can also significantly reduce the cost of ownership. At Hoover, our licensed technicians ensure all aspects of maintenance are covered. They are skilled and equipped to make any adjustment or repair. Schedule your annual water heater maintenance appointment in Clinton Township by calling (586) 315-5268 today.

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