Tankless water heaters are known for their longer lifetimes. They can outlast a conventional tank style water heater by more than 10 years! But – this is only true if you properly maintain your water heater. Here are a few maintenance tips from our master plumbers.
Descale Your Tankless Water Heater | Every 12-18 Months
The most important thing you can do to keep your water heater in great shape is to descale it. This should be done every 12 to 18 months, depending on how much your water heater is used. If you’re not sure, put it on your calendar for the same time every year. Descaling helps flush out all the buildup of sediment in your water heater. Limescale from your water supply naturally builds up within your tankless water heater. If you don’t flush it out regularly, the limescale can get very thick and prevent your unit from heating properly. It also drastically reduces the lifespan of your water heater. You can call a licensed plumber to descale your tankless water heater for you or this is something you can do on your own.
Clean Your Gas Tankless Water Heater | Every Year
Your tankless water heater needs to be kept very clean around the burners, circulating air passages, and control compartments. Dust and debris build up over time and can cause critical failures. We recommend that you call a licensed plumber to clean your burner chamber, passages, and compartments every year or so. You could perform this task on your own, but it can be very dangerous to work with gas components if you aren’t very familiar with them.
Clean the Fan and Motor | Every Few Months
If you really want to keep your tankless water heater in tip-top shape, you should regularly clean the fan and motor to keep it clear of debris. This is very easy to do! Just grab a can of compressed air and spray down the area.
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