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Self-Cleaning Water Heaters: Good or Bad?

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 9:07am

Water heaters make our homes better and more comfortable. They help clean the dishes, remove dirt and stains from the clothes we wear, and help us start the day with a warm, relaxing scrub. Because of this, new innovations in water heating technology are often centered around water heater maintenance, especially self-cleaning options. Self-cleaning water heaters have plenty of pros and cons, so keep reading to determine if you should add one to your home!

Gas Vs. Electric Water Heaters

Your water heater likely eats up 18% of your utility bill each month. To combat this and save the most money, many people have a fierce debate over gas or electric water heaters. For the most part, a gas water heater is less energy-efficient than your electric heater. However, gas is usually cheaper than electricity so you’ll end up paying less for a gas water heater each month. Gas heaters can also warm up a new tank quicker, so they’re recommended for large families.

While gas heaters are almost always cheaper, the one major exception is when you don’t have a gas line already in your home. Installing a line can be expensive since you’ll need the gas line as well as a vent to get rid of the exhaust heat. Gas heaters typically last just one year less than electric heaters. Ultimately, if you feel safer with one option, such as the electric model, the peace of mind can be worth it.

Should You Use a Self-Cleaning Water Heater?

The main benefit of a self-cleaning water heater is that it periodically flushes out the mineral deposits that build up in your pipes and water lines. This lengthens the lifespan of your water heater and can save you money over time if you keep it running smoothly with periodic checks or maintenance.

Another benefit of the self-cleaning option is that you won’t have to manually flush the delicate parts of your system. The most important and one of the most fragile parts is the plastic water heater valve. These valves have a tendency to break if you don’t clean them properly or use too much pressure when flushing out your system.

Water Heater Maintenance

It’s important to maintain your water heater with periodic flushing, unless you have an automatic self-cleaning model. Beyond those flushes, you should also consider having local water heater services like Mr. Rooter of Oneida inspect your system for any problems.

Our team knows how to find cracks, leaks and other concerns before they start damaging your home. Preventative maintenance is the best way to maintain your home and wallet, so contact us today to learn more about our water heater maintenance and services.

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