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Why Your Storage Tank Water Heater Needs Professional Maintenance

water-heaterOf all the things you enjoy within your household, we’re going to guess that a warm, or even hot, shower in order to get clean and refresh is at the top of your list. This also means that there is nothing worse than being in the middle of that shower and having the water suddenly turn ice-cold.

If this has happened to you or someone in your household, then there were probably some choice words uttered before the water got warm again, if it did at all.

You should consider an event like this as a bit of a wake-up call that something is amiss with your water heater. It might be struggling with the job it’s meant to do, and if you ignore this problem, you might be stuck with a completely broken down water heater later on. But you can avoid this, with professional maintenance! Read on to learn more.

The Importance of Water Heater Maintenance

Maintenance might not sound like a necessary service, but we assure you that it is. Maintenance helps your water heater last longer, allows us to check on important components like the anode rod, and alerts you to wear and tear before that wear and tear turns into a breakdown. Call us for maintenance, and benefit from:

Longer Lasting Equipment

When you have routine professional maintenance done for your water heater, it helps the system operate better overall. This means you’ll have fewer unaddressed repair needs that could potentially add up to a replacement too early in the lifespan of your system. Early replacements are understandably a hit to your budget!

A typical water heater should last 10-15 years, when well maintained. One of the factors that can impact this is what kind of shape the anode rod is in. The anode rod provides a second line of defense to the glass lining inside your water heater tank. It absorbs rust and corrosion so your water heater doesn’t absorb rust itself.

But the anode rod doesn’t last as long as the water heater does, and needs to be replaced by our professionals on occasion. This is one of the reasons maintenance is so critical–it gives us a chance to check on this for you.

Fewer Repair Needs

A well-maintained water heater is less likely to need surprise or emergency repairs. This is because maintenance allows us to catch small troubles before they even have a chance to grow into bigger ones.

Plus, by addressing these needs through maintenance, you help your water heater operate more efficiently. A water heater that receives regular professional maintenance will use its fuel source–whether it’s gas or electric–far more efficiently than a water heater of the same age that doesn’t get professional maintenance.

Less Hard Water Damage

Another important component of water heater maintenance is flushing it to get rid of scaling. Scaling is caused by hard water, which is water with a high level of minerals in it. These minerals build up into deposits and can ultimately coat the heat exchangers and cause other problems with the system.

Established in 1912, Max Sr & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, A Corp. is your trusted resource for reliable Union water heater service. Reach out to us today.

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