Over time, your water heater loses efficiency, producing less hot water while consuming the same amount of energy. A quick tune up once a year can restore your water heater’s efficiency and reduce wear and tear, making it a more valuable investment in the long run.
If your water heater is five years old or older, watch for these warning signs.
Sediment Build Up. Over time, sediment, minerals, and other particles build up around the bottom of the tank, collecting over the hot burner. It doesn’t take long for this build up to prevent your water from heating up as quickly or efficiently as it should. A trained SERVIZ Plumber will flush your tank to get rid of this debris.
Clogged Burner Orifice. The burner, or pilot light, orifice will become clogged with use. This results in less heat and longer recovery times (the time it takes your water heater to heat up again after being inactive). A tell-tale sign is when the pilot light burns yellow instead of blue. For maximum efficiency, have a professional SERVIZ plumber clean the burner using a fine-grit sandpaper to remove oxidation.
Dirty Filters. A dirty water heater filter is not only bad for water quality, it contributes to sediment build up, making your water heater less efficient. If you have just moved into a new home, have SERVIZ check your filters immediately. Water heater filters are often neglected for months - even years - at a time, so it is recommended to change or clean them as often as possible.
Odors. The infamous “rotten egg” smell is indicative of bacteria in your water heater. A water heater tune up can help flush the bacteria out of the tank.
Inconsistent Temperature. Faulty heating instruments - exhaust vent piping, broken pressure valves, uncalibrated thermostats - all these make for up-and-down water temperatures. For consistent hot water, book a SERVIZ Plumber to repair faulty heating elements like these.