How often do you think about your water heater? Chances are, you often overlook this device--and that's simply because the water heater isn't as noticeable as other home machines. For example, you likely see your refrigerator every day. It would be pretty difficult to overlook a machine that sits in the middle of the kitchen! Similarly, most of us use the microwave, the dishwasher, the washer and dryer, the sinks, and the shower at least once a day; these home machines are crucial to our everyday lives, so we don't often forget about them.
However, the water heater, while just as important, does its job subtly--we don't often have to go directly to this machine to enjoy its benefits. Water heaters are responsible for so much of what we do, and they need special care, especially when it comes to a buildup of sediment.
Water is fully of natural minerals. When the water is heated, these minerals separate, drifting down to settle at the bottom of your water heater--and while this isn't a problem in itself, the sediment builds up over time and can eventually reduce the efficiency of the unit, damage the mechanics, and even ruin your water heater. Sediment is a natural part of the water heating process, and it will occur no matter what type of water heater you have and no matter what type of water you're using. However, hard water, which contains more of these natural minerals, will cause a quicker and thicker buildup. Your water heater does a lot for you--it's crucial that you take good care of it by clearing the sediment.
Cleaning your Water Heater
Getting rid of sediment buildup is crucial, but different types of water heaters demand different types of care. Here's a quick look!