Out of sight, out of mind? Not quite.
As with all appliances, regular maintenance is a natural component of responsible ownership. This is no different with your tankless water heater. Most tankless water heaters will outlive their rotund relatives by five to ten years. That is, if you make the effort to give them a little TLC every now and then. Here are a couple of maintenance tips that you can perform to keep that hot water flowing.
Have you recently noticed a slow in your flow?
Assuming you are in the majority and not running a whole house water filtering system, your water heaters in-line filter is its first line of defense from any debris coming into the system. If that filter clogs, you could notice lower water pressure or sporadic bursts. Most of the time, these filters can be cleaned with a small brush, rinsed, and reinserted with minimal problems. You should, however, check your manufacturers guide to locate the in-line filter and cleaning instructions for your specific model. The frequency of filter cleanings will vary based on your local water quality. It's not a bad idea to check it at least once every six months.
Now for the advanced moves.
Tiny particulates like minerals (generally, calcium and lime) can slip past the screen filter and deposit in the lines. For those a full system flush can be quite helpful. This maintenance can be one of the most important things you can do to keep your water heater healthy and happy. There are plenty of YouTube videos and How-To's on the internet that outline this process, so I won't go into details here. However, please note that most manufacturers out there will recommend that you get a professional installer or plumber to perform this, with good reason. This is not always the simplest of tasks and you can run the risk of damaging your water heater, your lines, or your fixtures. Which in the end could cost you more than having a professional take care of it.
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