Tankless hot water heaters are becoming more popular, since they don’t have the bulky tank associated with traditional heaters, but they still have their own issues. Luckily, regular maintenance can prevent the need for expensive or annoying tankless hot water heater repair, saving you money and time.
The most important part of maintaining your tankless hot water heater and reducing the need for a repair is to flush out the mineral deposits that accumulate once a year or more frequently. You can do this yourself or hire a professional. Most people feel more comfortable having someone else do it for them, but it is possible to do it yourself with some patience and knowledge.
If you are flushing out the mineral deposits from your tankless hot water heater yourself, you need to start by turning off the power for the water heater. Then, turn off and close the three water valves on the water heater. This stops cold water from entering and hot water from leaving while cleaning.
Next, find the purge valves by the hot and cold water valves and slowly remove their valve caps, making sure you don’t lose the rubber washer sealing discs. This is a crucial part of tankless hot water heater repair, as it reduces pressure within the valve, so hot water doesn’t shoot out and pose a safety threat.
Now you can connect a specialty hosing line to each of the three valves, either to a bucket or to your sump pump, based on your manufacturer’s instructions. Once the hoses are connected, you can open your purge ports and then clean the heater using 2.5 gallons of undiluted white vinegar. Avoid using chemicals because you typically drink water from the heater. Now you just have to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and put everything back together.
If you ever need assistance with tankless hot water heater repair, you can count on our team at Minyard Plumbing, Inc. to do a great job! Call us today for more information.