Looking to save the planet and a bit of extra cash? Look no further than a tankless water heater! The average tankless heater saves about 30-50% more energy than a traditional tank water heater, saving you a significant amount of money on your power bill. This is because tankless heaters only operate when needed, rather than constantly heating 30-50 gallons of water in a storage tank.

Because tankless water heaters only heat water at the point of use, they experience less wear and tear during daily use. This is a major selling point, as they can me marketed as a no-maintenance appliance; however, they aren’t actually no-maintenance. Regular maintenance is necessary to maximize your tankless water heater’s efficiency and working life. Check out these three reasons tankless water heater tune-ups are a must!

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3 Reasons Not to Neglect Your Tankless Water Heater

Flushing Prevents Breakdowns

The heat exchanger, which features a series of narrow passages that heat water is it is carried to your pipes, is one of the most important components of your tankless water heater. Because the passages that carry water are exceptionally narrow, sediment can build up and clog them. Without the occasional water heater flush, these clogs can eventually do some major damage to your heat exchanger and you may be forced to prematurely replace the water heater. Be sure to flush your tankless water heater at least once a year to clear out the sediment and prevent any particle accumulation!

Descaling Prevents Hard Water Damage

Many people are unaware of how important descaling their water heater is, or what the term even means! This process involves a deep cleaning to remove grime and gunk from your system. The Chicago area is a hard water area and over time, limescale leaves a grimy buildup in your unit that reduces its working efficiency and can eventually leave you with an expensive breakdown. Descaling removes that grimy limescale buildup before it can damage your unit.

Size Matters to Tankless Water Heater Maintenance

Tankless water heaters come in a variety of sizes, making them easy to install in closets or under sinks. However, the size of the water heater determines how frequently it needs maintenance. Sediment builds up faster in smaller units because they have smaller components; this means the smaller your tankless water heater, the more often it will need maintenance. Your plumber can assess your system and provide an appropriate maintenance schedule for your needs.

Why You Should Never DIY Tankless Water Heater Maintenance

Though many home projects are DIY-friendly, cleaning a tankless water heater is not one of them. Flushing a tank water heater is fairly straightforward, but tankless systems are compact and involve a lot of fragile components. If you attempt to clean the unit without proper knowledge and training, you could accidentally damage your water heater and void the warranty. Always get professional maintenance to avoid expensive, unnecessary repairs caused by a botched DIY job.

Since 1993, J. Blanton Plumbing has maintained its main goal of solving Chicago families’ plumbing problems while providing 5-star service, and we would be happy to help you with your water heater maintenance! Give us a call at (773)-724-9272 to schedule service now.