How to maintain your tankless water heater

Tankless water heaters are an excellent investment for any home owner, and they require a lot less maintenance as compared to regular ‘tank’ type water heaters. However, if you maintain the water heater properly and regularly, it will save you from expensive water heater repair, which in all honesty can be avoided.

Tankless water heaters are known to erode after a couple of months, and so the main goal for any type of maintenance is to prevent that corrosion. The good news is that maintaining a tankless water heater isn’t difficult, and most people can do it using a couple of basic tools.

In this article, we’ll run through some essential tankless water heater maintenance tips.

Remove Lime Scale from Your Tankless Water Heater

One of the ongoing maintenance requirements is to ensure that the heat exchange elements are free from limescale. What many people don’t know is even if the coating of limescale looks light, that buildup can have serious adverse effects on the efficiency of the system. If left further unchecked, the accumulation will have an impact on longer burner cycles, and that will consequently reduce the life of the water heater.

The good news is that removing limescale is simple and cheap. Depending on your tankless water heater, it will need to be disassembled and cleaned with white vinegar. However, there are over the counter chemical formations that can also be used to remove limescale.

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Remove and Clean the Water Filter

Most people think they need tankless water heater repair when in fact, it is only the buildup of sediment on the filter that’s hindering the flow of water. Many of the latest tankless water heaters come with a filter built-in, which depending on the quality of water, can last anywhere from a few weeks to a year. The good news is that in most models removing the filter is easy and cleaning it is a matter of soaking it in white vinegar and giving it a good rinse. Check the water heater’s user manual for directions on removing the filter.

Flush it to Prevent the Need for Tankless Water Heater Repair

Tankless water heaters tend to build up debris and calcium across various elements of the device. The only surefire way of cleaning it is with a proper flush using white vinegar as the active ingredient. You’ll want to perform a flush once every year. A flush will extend the life and improve the efficiency of the water heater considerably.

Call Us Today for Tankless Water Heater Repair

Tankless water heaters can last for several years, but only if it is maintained regularly. Unfortunately, most people don’t have time for regular maintenance. However, if you are too busy to perform the required maintenance, we can help you. We offer professional tankless water heater repair and maintenance regardless of the size and type of appliance. At Trident Plumbing there is no plumbing issue we can’t fix, call us today to find out more about our tankless water heater repair services.