Tips to Prevent Sediment Buildup in Water Heaters

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Sediment buildup in water heater tank

Hard water causes a buildup of minerals in your water heater which can reduce its lifespan over time. If you notice that your water heater is not running as it used to due to sediment buildup, get in touch with JNR Plumbing for prompt water heater repair in Norwalk, CT. We also offer the following tips to help you prevent this issue from recurring in the future:

Adjust the Temperature

Heat tends to encourage magnesium and calcium to form sediment deposits in your heater. If your thermostat temperature is above 120 degrees fahrenheit, you risk increasing the scale buildup in your water heater. So, ensure the temperature isn’t too high if you want to avoid doing a water heater replacement every year.

Flush the Unit

Flushing your unit at least twice a year will help wash out any sediments that have built up over time. Flushing takes out all the buildup sediments with it leaving your appliance clean. Doing this regularly can help increase the lifespan of your tankless water heater as well.

Clean Using Vinegar

Vinegar is a safe chemical used in many household cleaning tasks. It also works well in clearing out sediments from your water heater. All you have to do is pour a generous amount of cider vinegar into your tank, let it soak for six hours then flush out. If you are uncomfortable with using vinegar for your unit, schedule regular water heater services to keep your unit running efficiently.

Invest in a Water Softener

Sediments buildup in your water heater is a result of hard water. The only permanent solution you have for dealing with this is a water softener installation. A water softener will remove the ions that cause hard water. So, before carrying out a water heater installation for your home, consider buying a water softener.

If your water heater is experiencing problems caused by sediment buildup or any other issue, contact JNR Plumbing today.

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