Hot Water Heater Troubles? Have You Flushed It?

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Amazingly enough, all that it takes to complicate a household's day is a lack of hot water. Have you been having trouble with your hot water heater keeping up with the needs of everyone in the home? Here, you'll find a few tips that can help to improve the performance of your hot water heater and determine if it's time to upgrade to a newer unit for your home.

Has the hot water heater been flushed and drained?

How long has it been since the hot water heater has been flushed out? Every year or so, the hot water heater should be completely emptied, partially filled and emptied completely again. Some people do make an effort and drain the tanks, but they forget to add some water back into the tank to flush out the debris that's resting on the bottom. The debris is what could be causing problems with your unit.

If the sediment and debris is allowed to remain in the tank, it could cause the heating elements to go bad, if they haven't already. When the lower heating elements go bad in an electric water heater, the water will still heat up, but it will run out quickly, take longer to reheat and will cost a lot more each month to operate.

Give the water heater a good flush—continue flushing it until you no longer see sediment coming out of the hose with the water. If this doesn't improve the performance of the unit, it's likely time to upgrade or call for service.

Have you thought about going tankless?

Tankless hot water heaters are a wonderful addition to any busy household. Not only will you no longer have to worry about running out of hot water during the morning craziness, but you'll save a lot of money in the process.

You see, rather than heating water and keeping it warm inside a holding tank, the tankless heater heats the water as it passes through the system. This means that there's not a heating element constantly running in the unit which will save on the cost of hot water and eliminate the chances of the tank running dry while you're mid-shower.

Talk with your local water heater installation professional for assistance in determining if it's time for you to upgrade to a new hot water heater for your family. It's an investment that will not only save you money—it will save you grief. For more information, contact companies like R & B Inc Heating & Air Conditioning.

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