Maintaining your water heater is a vital but often overlooked chore. You might not think about it often, but your water heater is one of the most heavily used appliances in your home, and you’d be very inconvenienced if anything happened to it. The most common causes of failures and breakdowns include corrosion of the tank, excessively high pressure in the system, and buildups of lime and sediment. Preventive maintenance will reduce the aggregation of lime and sediment in the tank. Every six months, open up the system’s drain valve and let water flow out from your water tank. This will excrete any deposits of lime or sediment that have built up inside the tank but be very careful – the water that comes out of the tank may be very hot and could scald you. If you have a tankless water heater, it is highly recommended that you leave the maintenance to a professional to uphold the validity of your warranty. Be sure to supplement a tankless system with a water softener, and remove built-up deposits of lime, scale, and sediment at least once per year with the help of a certified technician. The plumbing, heating, and cooling professionals at Pipe Works Services can help you with any water heater maintenance task, whether you have a tankless unit or a conventional tank system. If you have questions about maintenance or need professional assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about water heaters and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!