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WhyTankless Water Heaters Need Maintenance, Too

Many homeowners assume that because tankless water heaters are so streamlined, they have no maintenance requirements. Still, they require a minimal amount of servicing to ensure they continue working the way they should. Tankless water heaters don’t have a storage tank to maintain, but they can experience system malfunction if sediment and calcium are allowed to build upon the components of the appliance. Homeowners who install tankless systems are advised to also install a water softening system to cut back on the wear and tear associated with hard water damage.

Tankless water heaters are innovative and efficient appliances that make hot water on demand. In addition to being more efficient, tankless water heaters also require less space, and they will perform longer than traditional storage tank models. To get the most out of your tankless water heater, it’s imperative that you keep it maintained. A tankless water heater can last for twenty years, but a well-maintained system could last even longer. Experts suggest that tankless hot water systems be serviced annually, but hard water can lead to early deterioration and malfunction, so owners in hard water areas should service their system twice per year. Timely maintenance helps keep the components of a tankless water heater in optimal condition. Tankless water heaters don’t require as much maintenance as traditional systems, but they do require a minimal amount of maintenance to ensure they operate without problems.

System owners should schedule the following services:

  • System Flushing: A tankless water heater should be flushed annually. Even when the mineral load of the water supply isn’t high, sediment can still build up fast. If a system isn’t flushed on schedule, it can cause damage to the heat exchanger. When the heating element isn’t performing to standard, it can lead to higher energy costs and a shorter lifespan for your appliance. If you don’t flush your system and eliminate the sediment, then your tankless water heater will lock up.
  • Cleaning the Air Filters: The air filter in a tankless water heater needs to be cleaned on a schedule. Most filters in these systems are permanent, so they will need to be cleaned with soap and water. Ignoring air filter cleaning can lead to poor airflow into the system and premature wear and tear of components.
  • Water Filter Cleaning: When cleaning the air filter, it’s important to also clean the water filter, which can become clogged if not maintained on a schedule. Much like with the air filter, if a water heater isn’t maintained, sediment in the water supply can clog the system and impact the functionality of the machine.

Benefits of Using a Tankless Water Heater

There are many benefits to upgrading to a tankless water heater. They are more efficient, cheaper to operate, and offer an infinite supply of hot water. Tankless water heaters also take up less space than their traditional counterparts, and they’re built using durable metals to extend their lifespan. They are also more reliable and environmentally friendly systems when compared to traditional water heaters. Tankless systems are nearly 100% recyclable. So, when you replace or change your tankless system, you don’t have to worry about it ending up in a landfill. Making the switch to a tankless water heater can be a great decision because, with thoughtful maintenance, it could easily supply hot water to your home for more than 20 years.

Contact All City Plumbing for Tankless Water Heater Services

When it comes time to schedule maintenance for your tankless water heater, contact the water heater experts from All City Plumbing. We have many years of experience serving homeowners just like you, and we can ensure your system is serviced and ready to provide you with hot water on demand for years to come. Call our experienced plumbers today at (909) 552-7550 to schedule an appointment.

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