Why Do I Need To Flush My Water Heater?

Technician servicing a tank water heater.

Most water heaters manufactured in the past few decades are highly reliable — and that can lull homeowners into a false sense of security. Even though your unit is likely dependable, you still need to maintain it periodically to prevent premature degradation and ensure you get the longest service life from the system.

In addition to routine inspections, you should make sure to flush your water heater regularly to keep the system running strong.

Why Water Heaters Need To Be Flushed

Over time, sediment builds up in your water heater tank with regular use. Flushing that sediment comes with benefits, including:

  • Improved efficiency: When sediment coats the heating element, your water heater has to work harder. That wastes energy, spikes your bills, and reduces the unit’s life span.
  • Greater safety: A sufficient sediment buildup can block the pressure relief valve. A blocked relief valve can’t dissipate excess pressure, resulting in heavy damage that can even result in injury.

In short, flushing your water heater tank is essential for keeping the unit functioning efficiently and safely over time.

Why Does Sediment Build Up in a Water Heater?

Sediment buildup comes from the use of hard water in the tank. Hard water is full of minerals — and things like rust, sand, silt, or dirt — that collect and settle at the bottom of your tank, creating more problems as it continues to build up.

Signs Sediment Has Started To Build Up in Your Water Heater

If you’re seeing any of these signs from your water heater, it’s past time for a flush, and you may even need repairs depending on the extent of the issue:

  • Hissing, popping, or rumbling sounds
  • Water that gets warm but not hot
  • Rust coloration or cloudiness in hot water
  • Issues with pressure relief valve
  • Cracks in the tank
  • Increase in time to get hot water
  • Climbing gas or electric bills

Any of these problems can spiral out of control quickly, so call Michael Bonsby for water heater services, including inspection, water heater repair, or water heater replacement.

How Often Should I Flush My Water Heater?

You should ensure your water heater is flushed at least twice per year, but it may require more attention if your water is particularly hard. To make the entire process simple and worry-free, consider a maintenance plan from Michael Bonsby.

We’ll perform the maintenance you need to prevent avoidable plumbing emergencies, including water heater maintenance with flushing.

Call Michael Bonsby HVAC, Plumbing & Electrical for Water Heater Service in Gaithersburg, MD

It’s never too late to start regularly flushing your water heater, and having it professionally maintained is an excellent way to increase peace of mind and reduce the money you spend on repairs over the life of your water heater.

With upfront pricing, same-day services, and background-checked technicians to provide professional service, you can’t go wrong with Michael Bonsby.

Call 301-990-7970 today or contact us online to schedule water heater services in Gaithersburg.

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