If you use a storage water heater to provide your home with hot water (i.e. a system that stores the hot water in a large tank), you need to provide it with regular maintenance so it will last up to and perhaps beyond its manufacturer’s estimated lifespan.
One of the most important parts of regular water heater maintenance is to empty the tank and clean it out. This is known as flushing the tank, and it forms part of the maintenance that you should receive from a service technician every year.
However, there are times when a water heater needs flushing because of a repair need. We’ll look at reasons why you might need to call for water heater repair in Tucson, AZ to flush the tank. For this service, and to enroll your water heater in regular maintenance, call The Sunny Plumber today. We are available for emergency repair work, 24/7.
Why Tank Flushing May Be Necessary
The basic point of flushing a water heater’s tank is to eliminate sediment build-up. As water enters the tank from the municipal supply system, the heat inside the tank will remove particles from the water that will settle along the bottom of the tank. Given time, the sediment build-up will become large enough to create problems. If you have regular flushing done as part of maintenance, you shouldn’t experience many problems. However, leaks and underground line breaks can lead to a rapid development of sediment.
One of the principal dangers of sediment build-up is that it will clog the outtake lines, leading to you receiving no hot water at all. When you call repair technicians because of a loss of hot water, they will check the tank to see if this blockage has occurred, and if it has, they will flush the system and clean out the sediment.
The sediment also poses the threat of making the tank overheat because of the reduction of space; overheating will rapidly damage the system and start to spring leaks. Sediment can also trigger the reaction that leads to rust, which is the #1 danger to water heaters that can lead to them needing replacement.
Although you can find online guides for how to flush the tank of your water heater on your own, we do not recommend this—especially if you need to do the job for a repair. Repair work should always be left to the trained technicians. They can take care of the flushing fast and get the system running again in no time.
You can trust to the work on water heater repair in Tucson, AZ available from The Sunny Plumber. We offer a two year Parts & Labor Guarantee with membership in our Concierge Program. Call us today if you need repairs or if you want to get started with maintenance for your water heater.