How To Care For Your Tankless Water Heater

A white tankless water heater installed on a white wall

Tankless water heaters have become increasingly popular in recent years because of their many advantages. Not only do they take up less space than traditional water heaters, but they also provide endless hot water and can save you money on your energy bill. They may cost more upfront, but you will see long-term savings by conserving more energy in your home or business. Since tankless water heaters are such a big investment, it’s important to know how to take care of them. In this blog, we’ll break down a few ways to care for your tankless water heater.

Flushing the Tank

Flushing your tankless water heater is the most important part of regular maintenance. The process of flushing your water heater aims to remove any built-up sediment or debris. The most common debris that builds up at the bottom of your tank is calcium carbonate. You can use a descaling agent, like white vinegar, to help remove limescale and other compounds in your water heater. If this is not done regularly, the sediment can clog the heat exchanger and reduce the unit’s efficiency. The more minerals you have built up in your water heater, the less efficiently it will run, and it could cost you extra money in energy bills, repairs, and replacements.

In addition to flushing your water heater at least once every year, there are other maintenance tasks that your water heater requires:

  • Cleaning the air filter to help keep dust, dirt, and other contaminants out of the water heater’s heating system. If there is too much dust stuck in your appliance it will not run as efficiently as possible, costing you more money on energy bills and shorting the lifespan of the water heater.

  • Cleaning the water filter to ensure no debris enters your home’s water supply.

  • Wiping down the outside of the unit to remove dust and lower the chance of it getting stuck inside of the unit.

Getting Regular Maintenance

The best way to take care of your tankless water heater is to stop problems in their tracks and make sure everything is running smoothly. There are many signs that your tankless water heater may need a professional’s opinion. Some signs to watch for are strange noises, spikes in your energy bill, and inconsistent water temperatures. Our team at Plumb Masters, Inc. will help diagnose any problems and ensure you know exactly what is happening with your water heater.