Do I Need to Get My Water Heater Flushed?

[fa icon="calendar"] May 15, 2020 / by Home Services Expert

person performing water heater maintenanceOne of the tricky things about being a homeowner is staying on top of the maintenance. With all of the different systems involved in a home, it's easy to miss something until there is a larger problem down the road. 

When it comes to water heaters, many homeowners are unsure about the importance of getting a water heater flush and whether it's really necessary, not to mention how often it should be done.

At Experts In Your Home we care about giving you plumbing help and you can always give us a call. In the meantime, read on for answers to these questions and more.

Do I Need to Get My Water Heater Flushed?

Here are some answers to your questions from Angie's List:

"What happens when a contractor flushes my water heater?

A service technician attaches a hose to your tank, empties it into an approved drain, then fills the water back up. In the process, they clear out sediment and other buildup inside the tank and provide a clean and clear surface for heating water. In most cases, they will clean and inspect rods, ventilation and other important parts.


Why should I get my water heater flushed?

Much like changing your car’s oil, your water heater needs regular maintenance for top performance. A water heater flush clears out sediment and minerals, such as calcium and lime, that could impede your heater’s performance.


How often should I get my water heater flushed?

Most manufacturers recommend flushing your water heater at least once per year. Tosha Disedare, project coordinator for Texas Water Heaters in in Pflugerville, Texas, says her company sends yearly reminders to clients because  the yearly flush is so important.

The need for flushing depends on water quality and region. For instance, Hyde says he rarely needs to flush water heaters around Seattle because it has some of the cleanest water in the nation, but heaters in areas even 50 miles to the east need to be flushed every year. The harder the water, the more likely you’ll need a more frequent flush. Overall, it’s a good idea to stick to the manufacturer’s recommendations unless your trusted service provider says otherwise.


What can happen if I don’t flush my water heater?

In addition to decreased energy efficiency, leaving sediment to build up in your heater can lead to serious problems. “Once it gets into the tank and piping, you might see sediment come out of your faucets,” Disedare says.


What are the downsides of flushing a water heater?

None. While a flush may break away sediment that may be blocking a leak, that much sediment could have caused the leak in the first place and is a sure sign the heater needs to be repaired. The damage caused by the sediment isn’t worth the advantage of blocking the leak."

Read the full article on Angie's List Here.


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If you have any plumbing needs, contact our Chico Plumbers for a free quote. We are big fans of properly maintaining your home, so you can avoid the avoidable and prolong the life of your water heater and more. From new home construction to regular home maintenance in Chico, Paradise & Surrounding areas, we do almost everything. Contact us today!

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