Hot water is something we all take for granted. We turn on the faucet and hot water just comes out when we want it. Very seldom do we ever think about where it comes from until one day you turn the faucet on and no hot water comes out. What then? Well, the easy answer is to call the professional plumbers at Best Plumbing Service of Cincinnati. We are here to help you and we will find the best possible solution for all your hot water needs.
But what can you as a homeowner do in the meantime to help prolong the life of your hot water heater and make sure you are getting the most efficient use out of your hot water heater? Well, when was the last time you drained your water tank? In Cincinnati, we have very hard water. By that, I mean that the water that is supplied to your home has a lot of different minerals in the water that can build up in your hot water tank over time. This can shorten the life of your heater dramatically. The minerals and debris fall to the bottom of your tank and form sediment that slowly accumulates at the bottom of the tank. This sediment builds up will make your hot water heater work harder to get your water hot. Think of it like this....if you place a pan of water on a stove and heat it, that is in essence what your hot water heater does. Now take that same pan of water and place two bricks under it, then try to heat it up. It would take a lot longer to heat the water on top of the bricks...right! Well, those bricks represent the sediment that is slowly building up in the bottom of your tank. Not only does that sediment make your water heater work harder, but it also takes up space in the tank that was meant for water. That means that if you have a 40-gallon water heater if it has not been drained regularly, you may only be able to heat 30 gallons of water because the bottom of that tank is filled with sediment. Your hot water heater is heating less water than it should, and is working harder than it should....this, in turn, costs you money in energy bills and shortens the life of your heater.
Attached is a link to a video that shows how to drain your heater. It is not that hard to do and will help save you money. As always, if you feel that this is something you would rather leave to the professionals, call us at Best Plumbing and we will be glad to send out one of our licensed plumbers to take care of this for you.