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Do you get your water heater serviced & flushed every year?

It helps maintain your unit since it helps flush out any sediments & build-up.
twice a year. when he heater and when the A/C get serviced. Alan says it's good to have his pipes cleaned regularly
Degbeme · 61-69, M
[@917533,saragoodtimes] 🤦‍♂️ Its where you keep sending it.
[@72117,Degbeme] I'm going to just be silent from now on
Degbeme · 61-69, M
[@917533,saragoodtimes] I hope not. 🤗
DeluxedEdition · 22-25, F
well no but apparently i need to
DeluxedEdition · 22-25, F
[@2021,MarineBob] salt being the huge bag i saw?
marsbar · F
[@25801,DeluxedEdition] No idea. I know you can get reverse osmosis installed for your home, which softens the water. But that costs a lot of money, and some people don’t like the taste of the water.
DeluxedEdition · 22-25, F
[@73351,marsbar] that's a great idea. i just want to get solar panels first 😉
nothing worse than sediment in the pipes. it ruins the taste completely
[@477979,Oneofthestormboys] here we just want to control hard water. it's not good for washing cooking or bathing. it leaves my skin feeling like there's a film on it
Oneofthestormboys · 51-55, M
[@917533,saragoodtimes] Our water is rock hard here - think cliffs of Dover, and you’ve got what’s in all the water on the south coast of the U.K.
marsbar · F
[@917533,saragoodtimes] That makes sense.
ViciDraco · 36-40, M
I do as of last year when I bought a new one. We didn't with the last one. I was both afraid of keeping it and of getting rid of it, it was from 1983...
marsbar · F
[@657984,ViciDraco] I was told the life span is usually 15-20 yrs, like an AC unit & furnace too. You’re lucky it lasted that long. Was it a tank or tankless water heater?
ViciDraco · 36-40, M
[@73351,marsbar] tank. I thought tankless was a newer thing.
marsbar · F
[@657984,ViciDraco] Gotcha
Oster1 · M
People just don’t understand. One can repair a water heater and no need to replace. Even replacing a heating element. Cut the power, Turn the water off and drain the tank. Loosen two wires per element that you buy yourself. With a pipe wrench or large pliers unscrew the old. Put in the new element, attach wires, turn on water, turn on power panel and done. It is a very simple device and can last decades with no need to install a new one. This is the biggest money maker for a plumber. Learn from YouTube, save money and be proud that you did. Yes, you can do this. Take that thousand dollars and pay down the mortgage. Same for putting in dishwashers, etc. This stuff can be very easy to do.Trust me!
marsbar · F
[@400392,Oster1] My handy male friend on here keeps encouraging me to do things myself too.
Oster1 · M
Yes! Plumbing is all about gravity and connections. There has been so many advances, a kid can do it. There are these new connectors to repair anything now. Long gone are the days of pipe fitters and threaders. This stuff is a fun hobby now. Take that money and prepay down the mortgage!😊🌷[@73351,marsbar]
LunarOrbit · 56-60, M
Great advice...but it depends on your water quality and what impurities you have present.

Some impurities are dissolved solids like calcium carbonate which makes limescale which is pretty hard to remove. Flushing won’t do much. In an electric water heater, the elements will become coated, which will prevent conductive heat transfer to the water and thus burn out. Water softeners or demineralizers would be needed. (Cost benefit analysis would be recommended)

If you have alot of silt, organics or iron ochre, then yes, it would be very wise to flush your water heating system.
marsbar · F
[@488176,LunarOrbit] Ahhh I just need to date a tradesman. Lol
uncleshawn · 36-40, M
Uh oh.....you gonna have the water heater service man over to inspect it? 😉
uncleshawn · 36-40, M
[@73351,marsbar] A quickie. ha ha
marsbar · F
[@549497,uncleshawn] An hour isn’t a quickie. 🥸
uncleshawn · 36-40, M
[@73351,marsbar] It is for a hot Filipina.....who needs half a day, I think. 🤤
JoyfulSilence · 46-50, M
No. I live in an apartment. A few months ago they replaced my old, normal one with a "tankless" one.

The only problem is it fails in colder weather. Maintenace turned off its power and turned it back on, and that seemed to work.

So when it fails in winter, I go to the power switchbox and turn off the power and turn it back on. This seems to start some startup activity that makes a lot of noise and yields hot water.
marsbar · F
[@68716,JoyfulSilence] That’s a pain, but as long as it works...
JoyfulSilence · 46-50, M
[@73351,marsbar] The one benefit is since it is tankless, it is supposed to yield hot water indefinitely. So once it gets going, I can take long showers and never drain the tank, so to speak. It is like living in a hotel. Endless hot water.
marsbar · F
[@68716,JoyfulSilence] Yes
ScottR · 51-55, M
No. It seems cheaper to just replace the water heater every six or seven years.

It costs $100 for a drain & flush and about $540 for a new installation.
Oster1 · M
Yes you can and labor and service call can easily double the price.[@1202599,ScottR]
ScottR · 51-55, M
[@400392,Oster1] it depends on the placement. It can be just a one hour job if it’s sitting in the corner of your garage and easily accessible.
Oster1 · M
Yes, I understand. I’m in construction, development and properties.😊[@1202599,ScottR]
akindheart · 61-69, F
i have in the past. large rocks of calcium forms
marsbar · F
[@18045,akindheart] Yes, that’s the problem.
akindheart · 61-69, F
[@73351,marsbar] i think you can hook a hose to the spigot on the bottom of the tanks and flush them out but i would ask for help
marsbar · F
[@18045,akindheart] I have tankless, & I wouldn’t attempt to try it on my own.
DragonFruit · 61-69, M
Yes, every year both the boiler and the water heater are taken care of.
Degbeme · 61-69, M
Degbeme · 61-69, M
[@73351,marsbar] Oh ..... no I don`t. Now can you make it a Euphemism? 😬
marsbar · F
[@72117,Degbeme] If I get serviced Deggy, they’re never plumbers. 😂
Degbeme · 61-69, M
[@73351,marsbar] Good. They charge too much. 🤭
MarineBob · 56-60, M
Keeping the plumber busy now
marsbar · F
[@2021,MarineBob] Well I’ll get this done yearly. So I’m not really keeping him busy.
I’ve seen videos that claim flushing really does nothing but waste your money.
JimboSaturn · 51-55, M
[@73351,marsbar] We have very hard water and there is a lot of lime build up. However, you can just empty your water tank yourslef, not flushed but better than nothing. You can let if fill and keep on emptying it.
marsbar · F
[@339269,JimboSaturn] It’s tankless.
JimboSaturn · 51-55, M
[@73351,marsbar] Oh those jobs.
Classified · M
Had it done a few months ago
Oster1 · M
Yes but it’s just hooking up a hose and out the garage door. Letting water run through to get the calcium built up out, making it more efficient and the heating elements last longer. It’s easy for any homeowner to do.😊
marsbar · F
[@400392,Oster1] Easy if you’re handy. I’m handy with some things, but not that.
TheSunisout · 56-60, M
I have not had that done in years 🤔😂
marsbar · F
[@11430,TheSunisout] I have to know how to take care of my house, so I’ll post something when I learn something new. 😅
TheSunisout · 56-60, M
[@73351,marsbar] Exactly, thanks for the tips😊
TheSunisout · 56-60, M
[@73351,marsbar] I just remembered I have a plastic bottle underneath the boiler where the pipes are, and that catches the sediment, I empty that once a year.
No.... if you live in a hard water area perhaps every 5 years. A heater is only going to last 10 to 15 years. Not going to help make it last longer..
marsbar · F
[@325375,Majorlatency] Well this heater is from 2004, & from the looks of how dirty the vinegar cleaning solution was, the plumber said it looks like it was never flushed before by the previous owners.
[@73351,marsbar] I'd consider replacing it soon.. Flushing it now 'could' actually cause a problem.. is it gas or electric? Does it make a crackling/popping sound when it's heating water?
marsbar · F
[@325375,Majorlatency] Someone said that as well about flushing it now. I got it flushed earlier today. It’s in my garage. I only hear a regular humming sound, no crackling.
Tminus6453 · M
Ive never flushed my water heater, i didnt know that was such a thing🤷‍♂️.. maybe if you have hard water it might make sense
DeluxedEdition · 22-25, F
[@27230,Tminus6453] i didn't know because i always had a well
marsbar · F
[@27230,Tminus6453] There’s more of a build-up in hard water areas. If you have a water softening system in your house, and then it’s better for your pipes.
Oster1 · M
One still has to do it though.😊🌷[@25801,DeluxedEdition]
JustcallmeNameless · 36-40, F
No cuz I just rent my town house and the owner doesn't do that. Even if I owned my house I probably would not since I don't plan on living here forever.
AnthroKenji · 31-35, M
I have to buy a new one for the house this year.
marsbar · F
[@1132763,AnthroKenji] Apparently the shelf life is 15-20 yrs. I moved into my house in July 2019, & my tankless water heater was installed in 2004. Hope it lasts longer.
AnthroKenji · 31-35, M
[@73351,marsbar] Mmm, the manufacturer of this one after the housing report was 12 years. I feel better replacing it ha. I have money saved for the next few months snould be fine. I have to get a fridge though. Tenet is taking it.
marsbar · F
[@1132763,AnthroKenji] Ah ok
plasticpants02 · 61-69, M
Never done that in my life, ove only ever replaced one. Under 800 and less than an hour to install
marsbar · F
[@1669,plasticpants02] Lucky
LvChris · 41-45, M
I was for sure this was a euphemism at first. 🤔
marsbar · F
[@335805,LvChris] Lol. No. I’m being serious.
LvChris · 41-45, M
[@73351,marsbar] Indeed, I saw Deg's back and forth, but I was still sure before reading through the comments. 😌
marsbar · F
[@335805,LvChris] Lol
Looking for an excuse to have that hunky plumber back over?? ;-)
marsbar · F
[@710445,Stillwaiting] Nope. No chance of that happening. Lol
Zonuss · 41-45, M
Do you get flushed every year ? 😊
marsbar · F
[@322117,Zonuss] I just got it done for the first time today. The plumber doesn’t think the previous owners had it done.
Zonuss · 41-45, M
[@73351,marsbar] 😊
Kindheartedguy · 46-50, M
The drain is so far away from the heater... (I'm lazy)
marsbar · F
[@337992,Kindheartedguy] Hopefully you don’t have any issues.
JimboSaturn · 51-55, M
nice legs btw.. lol
marsbar · F
[@339269,JimboSaturn] Lol. Thanks
SW User
Yes, and yes it does work well
marsbar · F
[@691329,Talesfromthedarkside] Seems like quite a few don’t. 🤔
Talesfromthedarkside · 26-30, M
[@73351,marsbar] had no idea u have to maintain it lol
marsbar · F
[@691329,Talesfromthedarkside] I didn’t either until a few weeks ago. 😅 It’s not mandatory, but it’ll prolong the life of your water heater since it costs thousands to replace.
JimboSaturn · 51-55, M
SatyrService · 100+, M

 
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