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Water Heater Maintenance Saves You Money

water-heater-maintenanceWater heaters, especially traditional tank water heaters, are a staple of most homes in the area: storing heated water in a larger tank to be used when you bathe, clean or cook. Most of the time, they’re placed in the basement, garage or similar out-of-the-way locations, and they by and large do their work very quietly. Most homeowners can enjoy years or decades of reliable service from their water heaters, though that doesn’t prevent or preclude trouble arising.

The difficulty with water heater problems isn’t the problem itself. It’s that the problem often takes a long time for anyone to notice. For instance, the anode rod in the water heater prevents rust from forming on the sides of the tank. It needs to be replaced every few years as it wears out. If it isn’t, then rust will start to form on the sides of the tank. Unfortunately, that may not become apparent until rusty water starts coming out of your faucets. At that point, the damage is so extensive that you often need to replace the entire water heater instead of repairing it.

Prevention Is Key

The best way to deal with water heater problems is to spot them early and treat them before they spread. In order to do that, you need a trained technician to give the system a look. This is where the maintenance session comes in. Your technician will arrive and give your water heater a thorough look, while performing little steps to cut down on wear and tear. This can include:

  • Flushing the tank to get rid of any sediment in the bottom.
  • Checking the fittings and bolts, and tightening or replacing them if needed.
  • Examining the tank itself for signs of damage.
  • Checking any pipes for leaks or breaches.
  • Replacing the anode rod if needed.
  • Checking the heat source – usually a gas-red burner or electrical coils for signs of clogging or damage.
  • Checking the gas lines for leaks or breaches.

What Does That Do?

The big benefit of water heater maintenance is prevention of serious repair calls. By checking the unit once or twice a year, the technician can spot the early signs of trouble and schedule a repair session to treat it. Not only does that let you handle the problem in a leisurely manner, according to you timetable, but it can also cut down on the cost of repairs significantly, since the damage won’t have as much time to spread.

In addition, water heater maintenance helps improve the system’s efficiency, which means it will cost less to run from month to month and the components will last longer before needing to be replaced. When applied regularly over time, water heater maintenance can even help extend the life of your system” delaying the day when you’ll need to install a new water heater.

If you own a water heater in the Salt Lake City, UT, you should schedule an annual maintenance session with the pros of At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air.  Call us to make an appointment!

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At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air provides excellent heating, air conditioning, plumbing, indoor air quality, water treatment and water heater services throughout the greater Salt Lake City, UT area, including the installation of new systems and components, and the replacement of the old, as well as ongoing repair and maintenance. Established in 1980, we have served the home comfort needs of our local community for over 30 years. Whether you need your stop and waste valve replaced or a new "green," energy–efficient HVAC system installed, we can make sure that the job is completed properly. Our HVAC contractors are NATE–certified and we employ Master and Journeyman plumbers. We are confident in our ability to satisfy any issue that may arise in your home, 24 hours a day. Give one of our friendly staff members a call today to learn more about what we can do for your home.

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During this very unusual time, we have put a plan in place to do our part to help keep our community safe. First and foremost, we are going to stay CALM, PATIENT, KIND, and POSITIVE!

There is much to consider regarding the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) and its possible transmission in your home. While there are various and effective indoor air quality measures available to help protect your safety, including duct sanitization, ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light treatment, and HEPA air filters, they alone cannot protect from all forms of COVID-19 transmission. It is important to follow all official guidelines for preventing the spread of this virus.

Because we have a direct impact on the indoor environment, here are practical steps we are going to take to keep people safe:

  • Wash our hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water
  • Cover our nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing
  • Wash our uniforms every day including cleaning our belts
  • Stay home if we are feeling sick
  • Offer a warm smile and friendly greeting instead of a handshake
  • Wear shoe covers and latex gloves in homes and businesses
  • Wipe down surfaces and equipment touched in a client’s home with disinfectant wipes
  • Wipe down door handles, steering wheels, gear shift lever every day
  • Wipe down pens, clipboards, tablets, cell phones, and anything else passes between techs and clients.
  • We have masks on each truck and will wear them at client’s discretion (Currently the CDC does not recommend that people wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19)
  • We are complying with all recommendations and guidelines from state agencies and will be proactive in our efforts to see that our team members and clients are protected.

As the situation unfolds, we will take each day one at a time and ensure we are being smart, supportive, and helping all those we can in our community.

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