Water Heater

Why Should you Flush your Water Heater?

Reasons to have your water heater flushed by a professional:

Sediment in your water supply, in the form of hard water minerals like calcium and other small particles, including rust and sand, can damage a gas or electric storage tank water heater and shorten its life expectancy.
Layers of sediment act as an insulator decreasing the heat transfer, and increasing energy bills.
For an electric water heater, the cooler tank bottom that results from this damage can become a breeding ground for legionella.
To minimize the chances of your water heater springing a leak, and to ensure that it’s working efficiently, flush it at least once a year. A professional plumber can flush your water heater safely and effectively.
If you are considering flushing it yourself, be sure to follow the instructions from the manufacturer because even a small mistake could cost you much more in repairs.

For only $45, we will flush your water heater for you! And, while supplies last, we will also install a new Premier 3 function chrome shower head. A $189 value, for only $45!*
*A trip charge may apply for locations outside of Idaho Falls. Call us for more information. 522-7777, or Contact Us.

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Water Heater Fire

Recently one of our plumbers came across a water heater that had actually burned up the controls and wiring.  This was caused by a loose connection where one of the power wires terminates on the high limit.  It is important to make sure the screws that hold the wires in place are very snug to keep this from happening.

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Water Heater Maintenance

We started performing water heater flushes as a service to our clients recently.  It has been interesting to see how much we have been able to get out of most of the water heaters.  Most water heaters in this area that are not using softened water are quite gross inside.  Some of them will not flush because there is so much build-up of sediment inside.  Those that would flush, had a great deal of nasty brown water that came out.  We try to flush it until the water comes out clean.  With a good softener, this was usually only a gallon or two of nasty stuff and then it was clean.  Without a softener, there has been 20 to 30 gallons of nasty brown water that came out before it cleared up.

Some people have been frustrated that we could not flush their heater, and tried to blame the problem on us.  Everyone in Southeast Idaho should be aware of the fact that without a functioning, properly sized, water softener, a water heater will build up with sediment rather quickly.  Within one year, there is likely to be so much sediment inside that it cannot be flushed because the drain is plugged with sediment.  Having this sediment build up is costing more electricity and or gas to heat the water because it first has to heat the sediment.  Sediment acts somewhat like an insulator keeping the water from heating as quickly and efficiently.  The sediment also becomes a breeding ground for disease that can make people sick.   It is important to keep a working water softener in areas with such hard water as ours.

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