As you complete your fall checklist of projects to complete around your Indianapolis home, make sure you don’t forget your water heater. Just like all major appliances, you water heater needs a certain amount of attention and maintenance to continue running smoothly, and it may be time for a flush. Never flushed your water heater? Don’t worry, today on the blog, the expert plumbers at Indy Renovation are discussing everything you need to know.

Is It Time to Flush Your Water Heater?

Why does my water heater need flushed?

Over time, the bottom of your water heater fills with things like sediment, calcium, and minerals from the water. Because the heating element of your water heater is at the bottom of the tank, it can become blocked by the sediment build-up and become less efficient. Not only will your water heater have to work harder to heat your water, but the sediment build-up can eventually cause damage to your water heater.

How often does my water heater need flushed?

We usually recommend flushing your water heater at least once a year to keep it running smoothly. This way, the sediment is removed and your water heater won’t suffer any damage.

What happens if I don’t flush my water heater?

Failure to complete this yearly maintenance will not only raise your energy bills, it will also cause costly damage to your water heater. The sediment can cause your water heater to prematurely rust, it can cause your pipes to burst, and can even cause your water heater to break down entirely.

Can I flush my water heater myself?

Flushing your water heater is a relatively easy process that doesn’t require a professional. You can simply turn off the gas or electricity to the water heater, as well as the water supply, then wait a while to allow the water to cool down. Next, simply attach a hose to the drain valve and let the water drain outside your home. If you aren’t comfortable performing this task yourself, our professionals are more than happy to do it for you.

For water heater advice or for installation or repairs in the Indianapolis area, contact the experts at Indy Renovation at (317) 375-4464. We’ve been in the business for over 50 years and we have the know-how to get the job done properly.

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