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Kick Off the New Year With a Water Heater Flush


All year long your water heater is used regularly. Think about whether there is ever a day when you don’t use this system. Chances are you have to be on vacation and away from the house for that to be possible.

The strain of regular use over the course of a year adds up. At this point, you may be starting to notice the impact of regular use on your water heater. It doesn’t have to mean you are without hot water. But regular wear and tear can lead to a need for a water heater repair in Columbia, SC such as a water heater flush.

Here’s what you need to know.

What Is Getting Into Your Water Heater?

We all enjoy the benefits of water that is processed and cleaned at the municipal level before it comes to our homes. But even with that expert process, your water supply is likely to pick up a variety of particles on its way to your house. This can range from salts to chlorine to other sedimentary particulates.

Even if you lived in an area with soft water, over time your water supply is likely to leave behind deposits of sediment within your water heater. Over time, that sediment build-up has the ability to start creating problems for your system and, by default, your hot water supply.

How to Tell There is Too Much Sediment In Your System

As we said, sediment takes time to build up in your water heater. When it starts to impact your system’s ability to do its job, it means you need to schedule a water heater flush. The question is how do you know that the time has come for your system? Watch out for warning signs like:

  • Odd noises: Rumbling, crackling, or a high-pitch whistle known as kettling are all going to be sounds that are produced by a water heater with two much sediment in it.
  • Reduced hot water: This can show up as a longer waait time for your hot water supply or water that is only coming out at a lukewarm temperature. Sedimenatry build-up creates a barrier in your water heater and the bigger the barrier gets the worse it will impact your hot water supply.
  • Water with odd tastes or smells: It shoudn’t be too big of a surprise that sediment leaves behind noticable tastes or smells in your water. If you notice that your hot water smells off (possibly like chlorine) or tastes bad, then it may mean your water heater needs a flush.

Flush Things Out With Our Help

Do you suspect that your water heater needs to be flushed out? For a water heater flush or any other water heater repair, it is best to work with a professional to get the job done. That was you can enjoy a system that works properly again for many years to come.

The expert technicians at Fulmer Heating & Cooling are here to help when your water heater starts to struggle. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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