How to Maintain Your Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters are wonderful additions to any home. They’re low maintenance, energy-efficient, and work dependably for years at a time. But if you want to keep your system running as efficiently as possible, you’ll need to stay on top of a few basic maintenance tasks throughout the year. 

Not sure where to start? Don’t panic. Here are a few essential maintenance tasks to prioritize this year. 

Clean the Exterior
Dust and dirt can collect on just about any surface in your home and your tankless water heater is no exception. If that dirt gets inside your tankless water heater, it can lead to serious problems down the line. 

Get in the habit of inspecting the water heater for dirt buildup at least once a month. If you notice any debris collecting on the exterior, wipe it off. 

Turn the power and water supply to the water heater off before you start. Then, use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe down the surface. If you can, vacuum or sweep the area around your water heater thoroughly to keep dust bunnies from going airborne anytime you’re near the unit.

Clean the Air Filter
Believe it or not, your water heater also has an air filter in place to help reduce the number of contaminants that can make it inside the system. Over time, that filter will start to get clogged with dust and pollen. Once it’s clogged, your tankless water heater won’t be able to work as efficiently.

After wiping down the exterior of your water heater, remove the air filter and give it a good deep cleaning. Soak the filter in warm, soapy water and use a soft-bristled scrub brush to remove any buildup. Once the filter is clean, let it dry and replace it when the entire filter is dry to the touch.

Schedule a Professional Tune-Up
To keep your water heater working properly for years to come, you’ll need to get the system professionally tuned up at least once a year. During these tune-ups, your technician will flush the system thoroughly. 

Mineral deposits from your home’s water supply can build up inside your water heater. Once enough buildup collects in the unit, the water heater will work less efficiently or may even break down when you least expect it.

Flushing the system will remove the deposits so your water heater will always work properly. Your technician will also be able to inspect the connections and components for wear and tear so they can fix minor problems before they become serious in the future. 

Keeping Your Water Heater Running Is Easy
Keeping your tankless water heater in good condition requires less maintenance than standard water heaters. However, you still need to stay on top of a few maintenance tasks if you want it to last for as long as possible.

If you’re ready to give your tankless water heater a little TLC, you don’t have to do it on your own. Contact our team to schedule a tune-up and keep your water heater running like new. 
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