Bottled Water

Does Your Water Heater Need Some TLC?

Why it’s important to flush out your water heater.

I am eternally grateful to Edmund Ruud for inventing the modern water heater, allowing me to take a hot shower without having to boil water over a stove. A true American hero. But, did you know that much like our gutters, water heaters require some occasional TLC? Flushing out your water heater should be added to your yearly checklist.
Elitia Barnes writes blogs about clean water and water filtration systems for LifeSource Water Systems. Elitia Barnes

Why Do I Need To Flush My Water Heater?

Flushing your water heater clears out sediment build-up keeping your water heater operating at peak performance.  Sediment build-up happens over time, as naturally occurring minerals in your water, like calcium and magnesium, settle at the bottle of your tank and stick to the heating rods.  This build-up creates a barrier between the flame and the water it’s supposed to heat.  As a result, your water heater uses more energy and takes longer to work.  

And YES, the same rules apply to tankless water heaters. No matter what type of water heater you own, it’s recommended to flush out your water heater once a year.

What Happens if I Don’t Flush My Water Heater?

The problem gets worse. Sediment will continue to build-up at the bottom of the tank and eventually prevent your water heater from functioning properly.   If neglected too long, the sediment build-up can get into your pipes, increasing pressure on your plumbing.  Too much pressure means leaks or pipe bursts.  I’m pretty sure none of us want to come home to that!   

How Can I Extend the Life of My Water Heater?

A salt-free whole house water system extends the life of your water heater by filtering out excess minerals and balancing your water before it enters your home.  This is especially important if you live in an area with hard water.  With a salt-free whole house water system, you reduce sediment build-up and enjoy clean, filtered water from every faucet and shower in your home.  It’s a win, win!

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