Did you know that getting your tankless water heater flushed, could double it’s entire lifetime? That’s right! Getting your tankless water heater flushed every 8-20 months could save you big money in the future. In this blog, we’ll break down everything you need to know about getting your tankless water heater flushed.
What does Getting a Tankless Water Heater Flushed mean?
At this point, you might be quite confused. What are these guys talking about, flushing a water heater? Well, there are many benefits to flushing a tankless water heater that we’ll get into in this blog, but let us explain first. Since a tankless unit doesn’t hold litres of water like a traditional hot water tank, scaling develops a little faster. Build-up of calcium, magnesium and different minerals will happen and can block or clog pipes.
One of the most important parts of a tankless water heater is the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger has very narrow pipes and can become full of scales very fast. When this happens, the heat exchanger will have to work extra hard to heat up water by fighting through the scales. This will cause the heat exchanger to expend more energy and ultimately decrease its lifetime. The scaling will affect many parts of the tankless heater, but unfortunately it might be most probable and harmful when it gets into the heat exchanger.
By using a vinegar based solution and pumping it though the unit, scaling and mineral build-up will be removed. The solutions cleaning power, wipes away the scales and your tankless water heater will be brand new again! This can severally extend the life of your on-demand unit and has many benefits to you and your home.
Benefits of Getting a Tankless Flushing
- Can double the lifetime of your tankless water heater
- Prevents clogs or blockages in your piping
- Removes any scaling or mineral build-up in your tankless water heater
- Improves your time to hot water
- Reduces the amount of expensive repairs you’ll need in the future
- Lowers the noise your tankless heater creates
How does Flushing a Tankless Water Heater Work?
Flushing a tankless water heater sounds confusing, but it’s a relatively simple process. Some homeowners even like to flush their own on-demand units. This will require you to buy a tankless flushing kit, with a pump, bucket, tubing and solution. However, Mr. Swirl offers tankless water heater flushing’s at an affordable price!
The tankless flushing starts by turning off any water coming to the unit. After no water is allowed to the unit, we let any pressure out of the system. Once the unit is all prepared, we set up tubing to the supply side of the tank and to the vinegar solution. Now that our tubing and solution is set up, the solution is pumped and circulated through the water heater for up to an hour.
Circulating it for up to an hour will ensure that any scales and minerals are removed. After the solution has worked it’s way through the system, we do the same thing, but just with water. This is why it’s called “flushing” the water will rinse away any leftover debris and any reminisce of the cleaning solution. Once everything has been flushed out of the system, we’ll reassemble the unit, turn the water back on and make sure everything is running up to snuff.
How Often Should I Get my Tankless Water Heater Flushed?
As a safe bet, you should get your tankless unit flushed once every year. Getting this done once a year should keep your water heater running in optimal condition.
The frequency at which you get your tankless water heater flushed, can also depend on the hardness of your water. If you know you have very hard water, we’d recommend having your tankless water heater flushed every 8-9 months. Whereas if you have a water softener and know that your water is softer than average, you can likely get away with having your unit flushed every 18-20 months.
How Long can the Lifetime of my Tankless Water Heater be Extended by Having it Flushed?
A properly maintained tankless water heater can last 20+ years! That’s a long time, but the key is “properly maintained”. Properly maintained, means having your tankless heater flushed accordingly. Ignoring this essential step in the maintenance of your water heater could result in a lifetime of 10-15 years! As crazy as it sounds, not flushing your tankless heater could really cut it’s lifetime in half.
We highly recommend having your tankless water heater flushed by a friendly Mr. Swirl plumber once every year. The money you’ll save in the long run is huge, and think of all the better things you could spend it on, than a new water heater. The difference could save you from only buying 2-3 water heaters in your life instead of 5 or 6!
We hope with the help of this blog, you now understand the importance of having your tankless water heater flushed. Extending it’s lifetime, saving you money, and improving your hot water are just a few of the reasons why you should have your tankless water heater flushed right now! If you own a tankless water heater and reside in Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Coquitlam, Poco, New West, Port Moody, Burnaby or anywhere in the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley or Greater Vancouver Area call Mr. Swirl now and get your tankless water heater flushed!