A water heater tune up is something that should be done every year. Interestingly enough, a water heater tune up done every year pays for itself. This is because when you get your water heater serviced every year, you can improve its energy efficiency by up to 15%, which can be more than the cost of the water heater tune up itself. If you have an older water heater that has never been serviced, you may be getting less and less hot water as it gets older. This doesn't necessarily mean that your water heater needs to be replaced; it may just need a tune up.
What We Look for When We Check Your Water Heater
A water heater tune up from George Salet Plumbing includes a check on every part of your water heater that could be causing it to use more energy to heat less water. We'll check the safety relief valve, test the emergency shutoff valve, test the water temperature, clean the burner assembly, Clean the intake filters, test the power supply, test the emergency gas shutoff valve, test the flu draft, check the flu piping, test the water pressure, check for leaks and corrosion, and test the electric elements. This will insure that you water heater is working to it's maximum potential.
Extra Tune Up Steps
A water heater tune up may also require that the tank have several gallons drained to get rid of sediment in the bottom of the tank. If there is a lot of sediment at the bottom of the tank, this prevents the tank from heating the water as efficiently. Partly draining the tank removes some of the sediment. We may also recommend insulation around the tank if it is older and doesn't need to be replaced. This will also improve the efficiency of the way the hot water tank heats water and keeps it at the right temperature.
Water Heater Replacement
A water heater tune up will also include a check for leaks. If we find too much corrosion or leaks on an old water heater, we may recommend that you replace it. Chances are, you will be much happier with a new water heater if your current water heater is more than 20 years old. A new water heater will save on gas or electricity and produce a more readily abundant supply of hot water. You may even want to switch to a tankless water heater to save even more energy. Of course, with a new water heater installation, you will receive a new warranty from the manufacturer as well as an installation warranty from George Salet plumbing. So, if you would like to get a water heater tune up, give us a call! At George Salet plumbing, we provide free estimates and honest, reliable service on your water heater tune up or water heater installation.