Do I Need to Flush My Propane Tankless Water Heater?

Keep Your Water Heater Running Smoothly

water heater service tennesseeIf you are in the market for a new water heater, now is a great time to upgrade to a propane tankless water heater installed by the local professionals at Advanced Propane.

Are you new to propane hot water heating? We’ll help get you up to speed.

Propane Tankless Water Heater Benefits

Propane tankless water heaters offer many distinct advantages over their electric counterparts.

One of the most popular advantages is that you will now have endless hot water, on demand. That means you can luxuriate in a long shower at the end of a hard day with no worries about running out of hot water. Not only that, but you can also enjoy that long shower even if the dishwasher is running! That’s because your propane tankless water heater keeps heating water for as long as you need it.

You get all that comfort with outstanding energy efficiency that can cut your water heating energy costs by 40%! That’s because, instead of the water sitting in a tank and being heated—and reheated—over and over until you need it, water is only being heated when it’s being used.

Without the tank, you also do not have to worry about the tank failing and causing damage to your home.

While your propane tankless water heater does not have a tank to maintain, it still needs care to keep it running at its peak performance and best possible energy efficiency. The most essential thing you need to do is flush your tankless water heater regularly.

Why is Flushing A Propane Tankless Water Heater Important?

Your propane tankless water heaters don’t work all day like a conventional storage water heater with a tank. When it’s heating water, it’s working extremely hard to heat that water immediately.

That intense work can result in the buildup of scale inside the heater much faster than it would build up in a storage water heater. Thus, your tankless water heater needs to be flushed more frequently.

Scale is caused when minerals build up inside the water heater. These minerals include calcium, magnesium, and sometimes divalent and trivalent metallic elements.

It is recommended that you flush your propane tankless water heater once a year. Homes with hard water should do it even more frequently. If you do have hard water in your home, adding a water softening system can help reduce the buildup of scale in your tankless water heater.

Not flushing your propane tankless water heater can also cause excessive scale buildup and—as a result—calcium particles that resemble sand will be getting into your home’s water lines. The particles will build up behind aerators and valve screens in the home’s plumbing. That can result in some big bills to repair or replace damaged plumbing.

How To Flush A Tankless Water Heater

Today’s tankless water heaters are easy to flush! What you’ll be doing is pumping a vinegar-based solution through the units. Many tankless water heaters come with two hookups that look like a garden hose connection to allow you to move the solution through the water heater in a loop.

You can hire a professional to do the flushing, but it is a straightforward DIY project. Check out this video showing exactly how it’s done.

Are you ready to enjoy the benefits of a propane tankless water heater in your home? Contact Advanced Propane today. We’ll be happy to help you get started.