Do You Need to Flush Your Water Heater?

September 18, 2020


To ensure trouble-free performance from your water heater, it’s important to service it between once and twice a year. Poor maintenance often leads to unexpected problems. Here are some signs you need to flush your water heater.

No Hot Water

A lack of hot water should immediately raise a red flag. While this issue can be caused by a failed burner, it may also indicate a need to have your unit flushed. Over time, an excessive amount of sediment can build up in the system, which prevents the water from heating up. This is especially true for homes that have hard water flowing through their pipes.

Funny Smells

If your hot water smells funny, don’t wait to take action. This could be a sign of bacteria in your tank. You don’t want to jeopardize the health of your family, and the best way to eliminate the bacteria is by flushing and sanitizing your system.

Noisy Operation

A properly functioning water heater should operate quietly. When your unit starts to become fussy, it’s time to investigate. As limescale starts to collect inside the unit, don’t be surprised to hear a rattling sound.

A Decrease in Water Pressure

Heavy mineral deposits in the pipes connected to your unit can lead to decreased water pressure. The only way to eliminate the problem is to have your water heater flushed.

Discolored Water

When turning on the hot water faucet, be on the lookout for discolored water. If your water has an orange, red, or brown color to it, that’s a sign that there is rust buildup in the tank.

If you have more questions about your water heater, contact the experts at Mitch Wright Plumbing, Heating & Air!



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