Why is it important to have your water heater checked?

Since another cold Sterling winter is quickly approaching, it is very important to get your home ready,especially your water heater. Not only is it vital to have your home look good, but it is also important to make sure to keep the various structural, mechanical and electrical components working properly as well.

In order to avoid costly mechanical breakdowns, maintenance is highly recommended.

1). Checking your heating system-

Since your furnace hasn’t been used since the previous winter season, it is required that you have the system looked at by a professional first before turning it back on. During this process, all of the burners are usually checked for efficiency, filters are quickly changed and the internal components are checked to see if they are functioning correctly.

2). Take care and service your hot water heater-

Fall is a good time to maintain your water heater since it works really hard during the cold winter months. Whether your heater is either gas or electric, dirt usually builds up at the bottom of the tank and it is highly recommended that you do a complete drain and flush of your water heater at least twice a year. By doing so, the heater will last for a long time for you.

3). Always check the pressure valve on your water heater.

Generally both gas as well as electric heaters have something called a pressure valve. The purpose of the valve is to open and release pressure just in case the your heater becomes over pressurized. To avoid unnecessary problems, valves should be checked every six months or so.

4). If you have a tank less water heater, you should keep it maintained frequently as well.

These are great to have because they are easy to take care of and maintain. Furthermore, you don’t have to keep a large amount of water because the water itself is passed through the piping quite easily. As a result, heat loss is not really an issue and these beauties work more efficiently and therefore save more energy.

In regards to maintenance, it is required that a tank less water heater gets cleaned every six months up to two years.

If you haven’t had your Sterling, VA heating system checked out, call Cardinal Plumbing, Heating & Air Inc. at 703-721-8888!