Quality Maintenance Means A Tankless Water Heater That Lives Longer
How Regular Service From A Quality Plumber Increases Life Expectancy
A manufacturer can only estimate the life expectancy of an appliance based on the average use and upkeep. Tankless water heaters need less maintenance than most. Still, preventative service is vital in prolonging its life. A traditional water heater will run for 10 to 12 years. This is because it is constantly coming in contact with water. On the other hand, instantaneous water heaters can last for 20+ years. The difference comes from the tankless nature of instantaneous units. Because they do not store water, they experience less water-based corrosion. This leads to fewer part replacements and repairs.
Circumstances that affect the longevity of your water heater are the water’s quality and the installation’s location. Where you install your tankless water heater makes a difference. For example, units installed in garages or crawl spaces will experience more difficulty heating your water. However, the bigger problem is hard water. Hard water gets its name because it is hard on appliances and pipes. It refers to magnesium and calcium deposits in water that sticks to metal and builds up. This build-up is terrible for your appliances and can cause irreparable damage. Many households in areas with hard water have water softener systems in place. These systems clean the water and remove harmful deposits. If you are experiencing hard water, you will notice limescale building up around your faucets, on the bathtub’s surface, or even around the water dispenser on your refrigerator.
Tankless units do not require as much maintenance, but less does not mean zero. Find a qualified company you can trust for your tankless water heater repair and installation needs.
Preventative Maintenance Tasks
Like any other appliance, a tankless water heater has to be well maintained to reach its potential. In fact, proper maintenance is the best way to extend your unit’s life. Typically it is best to have your water heater serviced by a professional at least once a year. However, consider having it serviced twice a year if the temperature is set high. This is because systems that operate at a higher temperature have more room to malfunction.
Austin and Round Rock residents may want to have their water heaters serviced twice a year. Areas that live with more hard water take more damage to their appliances. While Austin water is not excessively hard, the water here may still cause damages to your system over time. Without a water softener, limescale builds up faster damaging your water heater.
Tankless systems have a limited list of maintenance tasks compared to other water heaters and HVAC units. Below are a few of the most common.
At Green Leaf, we want you to enjoy your tankless water heater for many years. That is why we stress maintenance so hard. You can perform most of the necessary tasks for tankless water heater maintenance. However, hiring a professional tankless water heater repair and installation has the added benefit of having expert eyes watch over it. A professional plumber can ensure your tankless water heater is running as well as it should.