The arrival of summer provides a convenient time to provide water heater maintenance. Routine maintenance will assist in reducing the frequency of water heater repair in Arlington, is essential for extending its lifespan, and improving its performance.
Maintenance is a simple task of removing the sediment that accumulates in the bottom of the tank due to hard water. However, not everyone has the time, or is comfortable providing it. A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Arlington can provide the maintenance and/or water heater repair in Arlington you need.
The task offers the benefits of extending the unit’s service life, reducing energy costs, and assisting in maintaining performance. The following are simple instructions for draining the appliance. However, if you’re uncomfortable with the procedure, contact a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Arlington to provide a professional water heater flush, and/or water heater repair in Arlington if required.
The advantage of hiring a plumber to provide the service is a plumber can provide a thorough cleaning, and has the ability to provide repair on the spot. Hard water buildup can envelope the heating elements of an electric water heater, greatly increasing energy cost and recovery time (the time it takes a tank of water to heat).
Flushing the Water Heater
- Ensure the power or gas to the water heater is shut off.
- Turn off the water supplying the appliance.
- Attach a garden hose to the drain valve located near the bottom of the appliance.
- Place a thick towel on the floor underneath the valve in the event the hose leaks.
- Place the other end of the hose out a door or window, ensuring it won’t drain on people, plants, pets or electrical outlets or products. If necessary, you may use a bucket and empty often, shutting the valve off when the bucket is no more than two thirds full.
- Open the drain valve using an oven mitt or towel, as the handle and the water will be hot. Allow the water to drain until you no longer see sediment.
- Close the drain valve and use caution removing the hose to avoid being scalded.
- Turn the water on, and the power, or relight the pilot light on a gas water heater.
The water heater should be flushed at least once per year. However, areas with extremely hard water will benefit by draining 2-3 quarts every two to three months, after a full flush is provided. The frequency will depend on the amount of sediment present. In areas with extremely hard water, it may be necessary to provide a full flush every 6 months.
A professional plumber is the best investment in water heater reliability, and performance. During water heater maintenance, our plumbers can identify failing components and provide the necessary water heater repair in Arlington. We offer licensed plumbers with expertise, and a dedication to you, We serve Arlington, Fort Worth, and the surrounding areas. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.