Why Do You Need To Flush A Tankless Water Heater?

Why Do You Need To Flush A Tankless Water Heater?

You need to flush a tankless water heater once a year to get rid of mineral deposits and sediment that block the water flow. If you don’t, this problem can cause your tankless hot water heater to stop working. You also might void the warranty by not doing it. 

These systems are pretty sophisticated, but it’s still a machine that requires general maintenance. We like to compare it to a new car. It runs great on its own for a while. But, it’ll break down if you don’t change the oil. The same goes for your tankless water heater

The good news is that servicing it is quick, easy, and relatively inexpensive. And, you’ll save money on an emergency service call if you’re suddenly without hot water. 

We’ll run through a few more frequently-asked-questions about flushing a tankless heater and maintenance for them in general. These include: 

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  1. What Happens If I Don’t Flush A Tankless Water Heater?
  2. How Often Should I Flush My Tankless Water Heater? 
  3. What Does A Tankless Water Heater Flush Cost? 
  4. How To Flush A Tankless Water Heater?
  5. Tankless Water Heater Service In Cape May And Atlantic Counties

If you have a tankless water heater in your South Jersey home, call or email us at Broadley’s for service or any questions you have about your system. We’ve served Marmora, Upper Township, Ocean City, and other Cape May and Atlantic County towns for more than 100 years.

What Happens If I Don’t Flush A Tankless Water Heater?

If you don’t flush out a tankless water heater, minerals and sediment will build upon the filter and in the hose. That will affect the water flow: One that’s clogged, you won’t get hot water. 

But, unlike other plumbing problems, you won’t notice things going wrong little by little. Instead, these units will shut off completely when the filters clog. Then you’ll get a fault message telling you what’s wrong. 

Fortunately, these are pretty sophisticated machines. The error codes tell us precisely what’s wrong. And, shutting down right away prevents a small problem from getting worse or causing other damage. 

And, in the case of a clogged filter or hose, the repair is fast and easy. But you still want to avoid it. And that’s not only because you’ll go without hot water. You also may void the warranty. 

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Warranties And Clogged Filters

We mentioned earlier that you need to flush your tankless water heater to keep the warranty. If you don’t, there’s a possibility that the manufacturer will decide a problem was caused by you not maintaining the equipment. Then, they won’t send a part or pay for repairs. 

When you get an error code and call us to fix it, we have to call in that code to the manufacturer. They take the serial number and walk us through specific fixes. If there’s a warranty issue, we have to follow that protocol. Otherwise, they won’t honor the warranty. 

That’s not to say that they’ll automatically deny any claim if you haven’t gotten the system flushed. But, if the problem has to do with a clog and there’s no service record, the manufacturer reserves the right to not honor the warranty. 

Fortunately, this maintenance is fast, easy, and not too expensive. 

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How Often Should I Flush My Tankless Water Heater?

You should get your tankless water heater flushed out once a year. That’s enough to clear out any sediment or mineral buildup that can clog the filter or the hose.

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What Does A Tankless Water Heater Flush Cost? 

It costs around $150 to flush a tankless water heater. You especially need it at least annually if you have well water with a lot of iron. That causes more sediment buildup. The process takes about a half-hour. 

In some cases, you can save money by signing up for an annual service plan. You may pay a few dollars more, but you’ll get more perks and more services throughout the year. When you put all those benefits together, the tankless flush may cost less than it did on its own. 

How To Flush A Tankless Water Heater?

We’ll let you know how to flush the unit. But, we do not recommend doing it yourself. These units are more complex than traditional tank heaters. If something goes wrong, you’ll damage the unit and lose the warranty. Worse yet, you can hurt yourself in the process.

But, what the process boils down to is flushing out the system. You’ll go without hot water for a half-hour or so. Then you’re good to go after that.  

Once we shut off your heater, we run a hose from the drain bib. We open the drain and the line and run fresh water through the entire system. That gets rid of any buildup in the line or on the filter.

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Once that’s done, you’re all set for another year!

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Tankless Water Heater Service In Cape May And Atlantic Counties

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