Maintenance of any small or big appliances is a vital aspect of its efficiency. The water heater is no exception to this. Being one of the most important components of a home heating system, a water heater cleaning process on a regular basis is critical.
Some home owners need to realize its necessity and learn to clean the units properly. Following are some reasons of why and how to clean the water heating unit.
Necessity of Cleaning A Water Heater:
For obvious reasons, to maintain its working capacity, the system needs to be cleaned. Eventually, you'll find the unit working better and thus can help to save some extra water heating costs. It's one of the biggest fuel expenses. Naturally, maintaining the unit clean can improve household’s energy efficiency, which can drastically make an impact on the energy bill.
This important chore should be conducted at least once a year. Because sediment keeps on accumulating on the bottom. In a hard-water region, this holds more importance. Skipping this essential work can cost the user a lot. Besides, it reduces the efficiency of the whole unit.
Causes Of Inefficiency And Its Remedies:
There are many reasons behind the inefficiency of a water heater. Here are some cases and some tips to clean it.
- Excessive sediment accumulation can give a popping or rumbling sound coming from the heater. In thecase of a gas water heater, this can create hot spots which may damage the tank. Whereas for an electric one, sediment can result in failure of the lower heating element. Hence, flushing is necessary to extend the heater life.
As soon as the drain valve is opened, the sediment will clog it and inhibit from closing the valve after it's drained. It will result in leaking heater with sediments. To do the cleaning process, call the maintenance or plumbing technician.
- If you're confused about the cleaning process on your own, follow the instructions attached to the system’s operating manual. If you don't have the manual, there is a simple way. Do it every month by removing 32 ounces of water from the tank. It can minimize the chance of mineral build up which is a natural side effect of using the heater.
- Bad smell of an electric water heater is a common issue. Flush the system using chlorine. It’s easy if you follow some steps. At first turn off the power source of the heater and then drain out the excess water. Next, flush the unit and for that use some gallons of chlorine. Regular chlorine can do it. After that replace the water in therank of the unit and then reconnect with the power source.
- The process is a bit different in the case of a tankless water heater. Clean it with some garden hoses and use vinegar throughout the system. After washing in this way put the whole unit back together and turn it on for 15 minutes for rinsing purpose. Be careful while disassembling the unit and disconnect the appropriate circuit breakers. Switch off the power source, not the heater.
- Watch it for the symptoms of the illness before the condition worsens. Notice the relief valve and watch if it's leaking. This may result due to excess pressure or heat or sometimes both. Better not to ignore. Avoid plugging off the valve. A problem which remains unnoticed and unattended can result in blowing up the unit. Some common issues include a problem with hot water supply, bad smells coming from the tank, and leakage.
If you are purchasing a new tankless water heater system, make sure it is carefully installed from the starting. Slight faults like a misaligned level can give magnified pressure on the system. This may affect the flow of hot water running to your house. Hence, take care of your existing water heater.