The key feature of a tankless water heater is that it’s…well, tankless, of course! Unlike a conventional water heater, it doesn’t keep any hot water on-hand ready for your taps and appliances—rather, it heats it instantly the exact moment you need it.
You might think that this means that a tankless water heater doesn’t need to be flushed periodically, since it doesn’t actually store water.
But it does!
Limescale builds up on the heat exchanger of a tankless water heater the same way it does on a conventional water heater. Even a thin layer of scale could drop your efficiency by as much as 30 percent, essentially negating the primary advantage of using a tankless vs tank system.
The good news is that descaling your tankless water heater is actually pretty easy to do. Before you try it yourself, always read the instructions the manufacturer gave you first! While the procedure detailed below is fairly standard, there might be slight but important variations based on your particular model. If you’re not comfortable tackling this procedure, don’t worry—we can take care of it for you. Just give us a call!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Typical steps to descale a tankless water heater
Descaling is not the only maintenance your water heater needs! Be sure to contact a pro a minimum of once every two years for a conventional water heater, and once a year for a tankless water heater, to keep it running at its safest and best. Contact Rand Wade Oil today to learn more about propane water heater installation and service in Greene County, NC!