It is one of the unsung appliances in your home, even though it works around the clock: your hot water heater. Without it, you wouldn’t have the hot water you need. Hot water heaters are typically placed out of sight in basements or closets. However, this doesn’t mean they don’t need a little love once in a while, and that love should come in the form of annual maintenance.
I Need to Maintain My Hot Water Heater?
If you want reliable performance and good energy efficiency, yes, you do need to schedule annual maintenance for your hot water heater. While your water heater may not be as complicated as a heating or cooling system, it is still an electro-mechanical device that needs looking after.
Can’t I Do It Myself?
We hear this question a lot, and there’s a better question to ask: are you qualified to perform your own water heater maintenance? The reason this question is so important is that maintenance isn’t a quick review of the outside of your hot water heater, it is a full tune-up. There are a number of specific tasks involved with performing proper maintenance, and they require expert plumbing knowledge. Unless you have this knowledge, it’s best to leave maintenance to a trained expert.
What Happens During Water Heater Maintenance?
Here is a quick review of what happens during a water heater maintenance appointment:
- Thorough inspection of entire unit
- Removal of any debris or items that may be blocking the water heater
- Check of all valves
- Check of all electronics and electrical connections
- Check of heating elements
- Check of anode and dip tube (tank water heaters)
- Sediment removal (if any has been found)
- Flush of the unit (tank water heaters)
- Check of any signs of corrosion
- Performance testing
Has it been more than 12 months since your hot water heater in Bolingbrook, IL has been professionally maintained? Then call the experts at DuAll Heating & Cooling and schedule a maintenance appointment.