Why You Should Drain Your Water Heater

By Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric - August 11, 2015
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Our water heaters account for about 25% of our energy use just to keep hot water ready on demand. Furthermore, we depend on our hot water system for showers, laundry, dishwashing, and numerous other chores and activities. So, it is very important to not only equip your home with the most efficient hot water option available but also ensure that your water heater operates in peak condition.

Part of this maintenance involves draining your unit every year to remove a sediment layer from the bottom of the tank.

Why Does the Tank Need to Be Drained?

Over time, a layer of sediment forms on the bottom of your hot water tank. This sediment is composed of any solid that was unable to dissolve in your water supply and may consist of anything ranging from sand to metals like iron and magnesium. Now, a small layer is normal and will not affect the water heaters operation, so it is not necessary to have a completely spotless tank. However, after a year of use, the sediment layer is reaching a point where it could diminish the efficiency of the tank or worse yet, cause it to malfunction.

Benefits of a Sediment-Free Water Heater

  • Increased Efficiency: The sediment acts as an insulating layer between the heat source and the water in the tank. This forces your water heater to expend additional fuel to achieve the desired water temperature. Remove the sediment and ensure your unit will operate as efficiently as possible.
  • Increased System Lifespan: Leaving the sediment to accumulate will degrade your unit and eventually cause it to fail by clogging the drain valve. Protect your investment and get the most out of your hot water tank.

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