How Often Should I Flush My Water Heater?

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Do you live in an area with hard water like Upstate New York? The Capital Region is notorious for its water abundant with minerals like calcium, magnesium, and iron. Unfortunately, if you don’t periodically maintain your water heater, this hard water can have a significant impact on your water supply!

Most manufacturers recommend having your water heater flushed once a year. Empire State Plumbing offers Annual Water Heater Flushes starting at $99!

Read on to learn more about this important annual maintenance!

 

Why Should You Flush Your Hot Water Heater Annually?

As hard water is heated, minerals in the water crystallize and sink to the bottom of your hot water tank. Over time, this sediment build up can slow down the efficiency of your water heater, wasting valuable fuel and increasing your utility costs.

The heating elements and floor of your tank can be damaged due to this build up of sediment and significantly lower the life of your water heater. On average, a hot water heater should last you up to ten years. A flush is a yearly chore to prevent premature failure.

While installing a water softening system may remove the harmful minerals that cause sedimentation after you install it, it doesn’t take care of the minerals that have built up on the bottom of your water heater. A flush is the only way to cleanse your water heater of this build-up!

 

How Does The Flushing Process Work?

One of our expert plumbers will hook a hose up to your tank and drain out the current water and harmful sediment from your tank. Our plumber will repeatedly flush the tank until the water runs clear of sediment. Afterwards, the tank is refilled with clean water.

 

What Are the Benefits of Flushing Your Water Heater Annually?

When you take the preemptive measures of flushing your hot water heater annually, you’re taking the necessary steps to extending the life of your water heater and maintaining it’s efficiency.

Flushing your water heater has been found to speed up heating times, create cleaner water for cooking and bathing, as well as reducing the noise of your water heater.

 

Empire State Plumbing offers an Annual Water Heater Flush for $99. Want to extend the life of your water heater?  Contact Empire State Plumbing online or call us at (518) 213-9256 today!