By now you’ve probably heard about tankless water heaters. Traditional hot water heaters have tanks that take up space, constantly burn energy keeping the water warm, and can run out of hot water. All of these potential hazards are avoided by a state-of-the-art tankless water heater.

Sounds great, right? But like any appliance, traditional water heaters and tankless models need regular maintenance in order to maintain efficiency and ensure a long life. A tankless water heater can last up to 20 years when properly maintained. In this post, we’ll explore a few things you can do to make sure your tankless water heater stays in tip-top shape for years to come.

HARD WATER

Hard water is common in West Texas, and the buildup of minerals in your water can have an impact on your water heater, whether it’s traditional or tankless. If left unchecked, the amount of “hardness” in your water (calcium and magnesium deposits) can actually increase over time.

In a tankless water heater, buildup over time can restrict water flow to the point that you start to lose pressure. You’ll lose efficiency as well because the unit will work harder to push out the same amount of water. This extra effort can lead to a premature breakdown. Regular and thorough cleaning is recommended. A water softener can also reduce the impact of hard water before it even reaches your unit.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

A small dial on your water heater will set the temperature. Have you noticed that you’re having to keep turning the dial up to get the same temperature water from your shower? Hot water, when combined with hard water, can make the buildup on your faucets even greater. That hard, white, chalky substance on your showerheads is the perfect example. When there’s enough buildup, the system has to work harder to produce the same amount of heat. So a good clean of your faucets and showerheads could save you in more ways than you realize!

WE’LL COME RUNNING

City Plumbing offers a variety of services and products, including Noritz Tankless Water Heaters. If you need maintenance or are considering making the switch to tankless, give us a call today. You can reach us at 432-366-2401, or make an appointment online. Give us a call and we’ll come running!