Tankless water heaters have grown in popularity in the US in recent years because of their energy efficiency, compact size, lower flood risk and durability. But like any appliance, a tankless water heater needs regular maintenance to keep performing at its peak.
What’s Water Got To Do with It?
If you live in a region with hard water, you probably know that the increased levels of calcium, magnesium and other compounds in your water can take a toll on your plumbing and appliances. Over time, these minerals, which are sometimes called “lime scale,” cause a build-up to accummulate throughout the system. In a tankless water heater, the lime scale forces the heat exchanger to work at a higher capacity to provide adequate hot water. This puts a strain on the system. If left unchecked, the scale can block the heat exchanger, and if the system is blocked, there won’t be enough water passing through the system to cool it down, which could result in reduced performance or a damaged system. Some systems are equipped with scale detection software that can alert you when it’s time to call a plumber for maintenance.
What Will a Plumber Do?
When you contact a plumber to service your tankless water heater, he or she will perform several important services. First, the plumber will flush the system with a liquid solution that carries out the buildup. The plumber will also clean and service any components, including valves and filters, that need maintenance. Finally, the plumber will test the system to be sure it is reaching the correct temperature and otherwise functioning efficiently.
Why Use a Certified Plumber to Service Your Water Heater?
Servicing a tankless water heater usually requires turning off the power supply to the unit, which is a process that should be handled by a licensed professional. In addition, many manufacturer’s warrantees require that the product be installed by a certified professional and maintained by a professional on a prescribed schedule. Failing to meet those requirements may invalidate your warranty.
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