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Yes, Your Tankless Water Heater Needs Maintenance

Like any other home system or appliance, your tankless water heater needs a little TLC from time to time. In fact, scheduling annual or biannual maintenance appointments for your tankless water heater is a great way to take care of your investment.

Otherwise, your tankless water heater may stop working temporarily or even wear down faster and need to be replaced. If you need service for your tankless water heater in Plano, TX, give our team a call. You can also keep reading about what exactly we do during tankless water heater maintenance and why each of these steps is so important.

Maintenance Frequency

Some tankless water heaters are fine when they receive maintenance once each year. But if you have particularly hard water coming into your home with high mineral content, it may make more sense to schedule tankless water heater maintenance twice per year.

It is important to flush the mineral buildup out of a tankless water heater regularly in order for it to work at its best. These abrasive minerals can do a lot of damage to the inside of the system and lead to corrosion. 

Flushing the System

After we flush the system to get rid of mineral buildup, you have to keep in mind that unless you address hard water at its source with a water softener, these minerals will continue to build up month after month. We can usually flush a tank water heater once per year.

But since tankless water heaters are much smaller, the buildup can have a greater impact in a shorter amount of time. Flushing the system is one of the best ways to care for your tankless water heater and extend its lifespan.

Cleaning the Water and Air Filters

Another step we complete during a maintenance appointment is cleaning out the water filter. This, along with cleaning out the air filter, are actually tasks that you can complete on your own as a homeowner. If you don’t know how to clean these two filters out, we can review the steps during a service appointment.

Ideally, you want to clean out these two filters once a month. This keeps debris from building up enough that it can impact how effectively your tankless water heater operates. If there are blockages in either the water or air filter, your tankless water heater may be under strain to produce results. 

The air and water filters are just like the filter on your HVAC system. They are designed to keep large pieces of dirt and debris from being able to get into the system and cause clogs or other potential damage. With a water filter, larger minerals from hard water may get caught. With the air filter, you may find leaves and grass. Both of these filters are fairly small, so changing them out more frequently is a huge benefit. Instead of only getting 10 years or so out of a tankless water heater, you may be able to get 15 years or more.

Checking Connections

Once we flush out and clean your tankless water heater, we will also check all of the connections to make sure they are secure. We want to address any problems during annual maintenance. If there are connections or valves that need to be tightened or replaced, we can complete those tasks during your service appointment. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns in between tankless water heater service appointments, you can always give us a call to ask questions or have us visit your home again sooner.

Get it done right… Right now! The team at Hutchins Plumbing and Air Conditioning is ready to help you with all your home needs – including tankless water heater service.

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