Why is Annual Maintenance on Your Water Heater Important?
Having your water heater out of commission can cause major problems. Showers, dishwashers, and faucets all use hot water, and we use them all for a variety of purposes every day in our San Antonio homes.
So it's understandable that a homeowner might be reluctant to create that hassle by shutting his or her water heater off for annual maintenance. But doing so is still a very worthwhile endeavor.
A Pint of Prevention, A Gallon of Cure
The hassle of having your water heater inactive while it's being maintained is itself the best argument FOR maintaining it, because failing to do so can lead to malfunctions that will forcibly shut your water heater down and cost you a lot more aggravation.
Fixing a broken water heater is always more work that performing maintenance on a still-working heater, and catching problems before they go critical will mean your water heater doesn't break when it could have.
You Don't Know What You've Got 'til it's Gone
Many of the common problems with water heaters develop slowly over time. For example, sediment or sludge can build up slowly in the bottom of the tank, consuming a portion of the tank's capacity and reducing the available hot water supply by a small but growing margin.
You may not notice that the tank runs out of water slightly faster each month, but flushing out the tank will give you back all that capacity at once. You may be shocked to discover how much of an improvement you can see just by ensuring that your water heater is running at its optimum.
The Universal Solvent
Over enough time, water can carve canyons into mountain ranges. Nothing on Earth is truly "water-proof", and plumbing is no exception. Pipes wear out eventually, and so do water heaters. It happens slowly, but it does happen.
Every piece of your water heater will eventually fail unless you recognize which ones are nearing the end of their usable lifespan and replace them before it causes a failure of the entire system. Routine maintenance by a professional San Antonio plumber will stop the worst case scenarios from happening, and can help keep your household running smoothly for as long as you own your home.
If you haven't had your San Antonio, TX water heating system checked out, call A&A Plumbing at 210-566-2665!