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How to Treat Your Water Heater

Technician servicing an hot-water heaterWhen you think of important appliances in your home your mind probably jumps to your oven, washing machine, or dishwasher. Turn your sights to your water heater. Your water heater is an incredibly important unit in your home—you use it almost every day.

Without the proper function of this appliance, the daily operation of your home will be cumbersome. Your water heater accounts for a whopping 17% of your home’s energy usage and consumes more energy than all your other household appliances combined. Your water heater has the potential to last you anywhere from 10 to 20 years with the right maintenance. We’ve compiled some tips below to help you get the most out of your water heater. If you do need professional service for your water heater in Overland Park, contact our team.

Water Heater Tips

How can you ensure that your water heater performs well and lasts? Here are a few simple tips:

Maintain Your System

If you have a tank water heater in your home, it’s important that you have this system flushed on a regular basis. Here in Missouri, we suffer from hard water meaning that our water supply is full of minerals like calcium and magnesium. While these minerals are fine to consume, they’re bad for your water heater. As water enters your system, these minerals settle in the bottom of the tanks and calcify over time. Once the deposit of these minerals becomes hardened, it lowers the capacity of your water heater and negatively affects the efficiency of your system.

When you have a professional from our team flush your water heater, we’ll drain the entire system, clear any sediment or debris hindering your system, and then fill the tank back up.

If you neglect to have your water heater flushed, then you’ll suffer from low tank efficiency. Don’t waste your energy or money, make sure you have a professional flush your tank annually.

Clear Space

When was the last time you really looked at your water heater? Go look at your unit. Is the space around it clear? If it’s cluttered, you’re negatively effecting the performance of your water heater. The vast majority of people choose to have a gas-powered water heater in your home. If your water heater runs on gas, then it’s even more important to make sure that the unit isn’t smothered by outside materials. If something Is too close to your water heater then the system won’t be able to produce enough oxygen which lowers the efficiency.

Storing things too close to your water heater is also a fire hazard. We understand why it’s tempting to store things near this system, but it’s a wise decision to leave this system free and clear of all obstructions.

Why Choose Our Team?

We find that many homeowners try to perform annual inspections of their water heater and annual flushing services on their own, but you do need a professional for this job. Our team has served homeowners in the area since 1920 and we have a longstanding history of excellence.

If you’d like to service your water heater, contact Lutz Plumbing, Inc. today to schedule an appointment.

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