Columbus, GA



Columbus, GA

Plumbing Repair 101: Why Does My Water Heater Need Maintenance?

water heater maintenance

On the day to day, most homeowners never think of their water heater. As long as it’s doing its job by supplying your baths and showers with hot water, you leave it alone. Out of sight, out of mind! That is, until you’re experiencing a cold shower in the middle of the transition from fall to winter… 

When your home needs plumbing repairs or service, homeowners often hear a cracking, popping, or bubbling sound. After some detective work, they find it’s their water heater. It is literally begging for help!

Three Reasons to Invest in Tankless Water Heater Maintenance

Our service professionals at Dixie are dedicated to helping our customers not experience emergencies but prevent disasters with preventative maintenance. What you may not realize is tankless water heaters require routine maintenance. Not only does preventative maintenance keep you from experiencing breakdowns and problems, but it also provides several other benefits to homeowners.

1. Increase the Efficiency

Water contains natural minerals that flow into the tankless water heater. When the water is heated, the minerals will be deposited as sediment resting at the bottom of your tank. Over time, the residue will compile into large amounts at the bottom of your tank. An older water heater can have up to eight inches (or more) of sediment that’s accumulated at its base. Essentially, that sediment makes your water heater smaller, so you have less hot water to use! 

2. Remove Bacteria

Without regular flushing, sediment isn’t the only thing making a home in your water heater. Additionally, bacteria will often grow in the tank, leading to a wide range of problems. The standard temperature range can encourage the growth and multiplication of bacteria. If you notice that your tap water smells like sulfur, it’s likely your water has bacteria and needs to be serviced as soon as possible.

3. Save Money on Utility Bills

When sediment eats away at the interior of your water heater, it shortens its lifespan.  By having your machine regularly flushed, your plumbing system can operate at peak efficiency, extending the lifespan of your device. Additionally, a tankless water heater that’s working well not only runs more efficiently but reduces your energy bills.


Dixie’s Preventative Maintenance Plan

With routine maintenance, you can flush sediment and bacteria from your water heater, preventing many problems that can occur if left alone. With help from our team at Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air, you can rest easy knowing that your home is well maintained in the hands of professionals.

Don’t forget to call us to schedule your routine maintenance before the cold of winter–no one wants a cold shower when it’s 30 degrees outside!

Call Dixie, and it’s done! 

Plumbing repair and maintenance is part of our Dixie Cares plan that offers preventative maintenance all year long. To schedule a repair or service with Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air, call 334.232.0236 for Montgomery or 334.835.5161 for Auburn-Opelika. You can also schedule an appointment online, 24/7.