Water Heaters Need Maintenance, Too

Regular water heater service saves you money on energy costs.

water heaters Delaware county, md Most homeowners know how important annual service is for their boiler or furnace. But there’s another piece of equipment in your home that you paid a lot of money for and rely on throughout the year: your water heater.

Families depend on a well-functioning hot water system to clean clothes and dishes, wash hands and enjoy relaxing, rejuvenating showers. Moreover, the U.S. Department of Energy found that heating water accounts for about 18% of your home’s energy use.

A poorly maintained water heater could severely impact your home’s comfort and unnecessarily increase your heating oil or propane bills. Here are some simple maintenance tips to improve your home’s hot water performance.

Water Heater Service You Can Do Yourself

Most homes tend to have a traditional storage-tank water heater in central Delmarva and eastern Pennsylvania. These systems heat a large tank of water for distribution throughout the house. Over time, particles in this water corrode the inside of the tank, eventually causing a full water heater failure. But you can slow this process by flushing your water heater tank once a year.

Flushing a water heater of sediment is a fairly simple DIY process. Your unit’s manual will provide model-specific instructions, but here’s a general rundown:

  1. Set your water heater’s burner to off or pilot. This prevents damage to your unit.
  2. Close the cold water supply valve.
  3. Attach a garden hose to the water heater’s drain valve. Run it outside or to a utility sink, shower or floor drain.
  4. Open one hot water faucet in your house — or open the pressure release valve on your water heater. This prevents a vacuum from forming inside your water heater tank while you drain it.
  5. Open the drain valve and let the water heater empty. This water will be hot, so keep family and pets away.
  6. After the tank drains, open the cold water supply valve to run cold water through the tank.
  7. Monitor the water coming out for sediment. Once it runs clear, you can close the drain valve and remove the hose.
  8. Refill the tank with water (closing the pressure release valve or hot water tap).
  9. Turn your burner back on.

Doing this annually can add years to your home’s hot water system!

Professional Water Heater Service

Your water heater doesn’t get any downtime throughout the year. So, it’s crucial that you arrange regular service for your water heater like you would your boiler or furnace.

Annual water heater maintenance allows a professional technician to check your unit’s burner and other vital components. This bolsters your unit’s fuel efficiency and helps slow the corrosion that can shorten its lifespan.

Is Your water heater on its last legs? Poore’s can help!

No water heater lasts forever, and it’s never good when your unit completely fails. You’ll be left without hot water while we secure new equipment. Please keep an eye open for early warning signs that your water heater may fail, including:

  • Strange noises like rumbling and clanging
  • Rusty or brown water from your hot water taps
  • Water collecting around the base of your tank

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Poore’s Propane and Oil. We handle many water heater installations each year and can help you get ahead of the game with a new, efficient product.

Need service for your water heater? Drop us a line today!