Posted on 11/14/2014
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Over time, limescale and other sediment accumulate in your water heater tank. This is a natural occurrence and can affect your water heater’s performance but is not a serious plumbing problem. Draining your hot water heater tank can relieve the tank of sediment, but is only wise on a case-by-case basis. To determine whether or not you should drain your hot water heater to reduce sediment buildup, consider the following information.

Age of Water Heater
If your water heater is only a year or two old, annual draining is a maintenance measure you should adopt now and continue to carry out throughout the life of your water heater in order to maximize its efficiency. If your water heater is several years old, draining it in an effort to remove sediment can do more harm than good. As sediment builds up over the years, it forms chunks that are difficult to drain can be abrasive as they leave the tank.

Risks Associated with Draining After Several Years
Draining an older water heater that has never been flushed out before is likely to cause a leak, necessitating costly repairs or the purchase of a new water heater. If your water heater is several years old and has not been drained in recent memory, you are better off waiting for the heater to lose its efficacy and replacing it when that time comes than attempting to drain it now to improve its efficiency.

If you have not drained your water heater for several years, do not do so in an attempt to loosen and remove sediment that could be affecting its performance. Instead, hire an experienced and trustworthy plumbing professional to take a look at your water heater and conduct any necessary repairs. To speak with a reputable Libertyville plumber who serves most northern Chicago suburbs, call Arrow Plumbing, Inc. at (847) 549-9600.