Business owners have many things to worry about, which makes it easy to overlook specific tasks. Water heater maintenance is something that many people don’t think about until there are issues with it. However, taking the time to have regular maintenance on your company’s water heater could help your bottom line. Here are some of the ways that routine water heater maintenance can save your business money.
Equipment maintenance is one of those things where an ounce of prevention of worth a pound of cure, and this saying is especially true for water heaters. Regular water heater maintenance can detect small issues before the blossom into significant problems. For example, rust buildup can severely damage a water heater. Identifying rust early and addressing the issue prevents leaks that can damage the water heater and the foundation of the structure. By decreasing the likelihood of costly breakdowns, water heater maintenance pays for itself in savings to the business.
Having maintenance performed on your water heater can also extend its life. Typically, a water heater lasts about a decade. With proper support, a business can significantly extend the lifespan of a water heating unit. Besides rust on the tank’s exterior, a technician would check the anode rod, an internal component that attracts rust to keep it from forming inside the tank. Once the anode rode is corroded, it needs to be replaced to protect the water heating unit. Rather than impulsively buying a new water heater whenever the old one fails, a company with a well-maintained water heater will only need to replace it when they’re ready to upgrade to a more efficient model.
When regular maintenance is neglected, a water heater will become less efficient over time. A primary cause of this reduced efficiency is the accumulation of sediments, such as calcium. The residue comes from loose minerals in the water. As the amount of sediment increases, the heater produces less hot water at once. When a water heater has to work more to heat the same amount of water, the company ends up paying more for their utilities.
Because this issue happens gradually, a business owner may not immediately notice that their water heater is becoming less efficient. Hearing knocking sounds from a water heater is an indicator that you may need to have your water heater flushed. This process will make the water heater more efficient and will reduce the monthly utility bill or a company. Depending on the size of a building, these savings could be very significant.
Regular maintenance of a water heater will also detect safety issues. As a start, most water heaters have integrated safety devices that should be tested at least once a year. For example, a faulty relief valve can result in someone getting burned or scalded, so it needs to be checked by a professional regularly. Gas water heaters have vent systems that also need to be regularly monitored. The vents are used to prevent a backdraft of a poisonous exhaust.
If you’re having problems with your water heater or it’s time for regular maintenance, KD Mechanical is here to help. Our technicians can check residential and commercial water heating units to ensure they are working at optimal capacities and that there are no maintenance issues that need to be addressed.
To learn more about KD Mechanical and what we can do for your structure, visit our website and contact us to schedule a consultation.