Aaaaahhhh the tankless water heater. Conjuring images of hot, steamy showers and luxurious baths…even after all the kids have bathed. Tankless water heaters promise an endless supply of hot water. Plus, there’s the energy savings that comes along with a system that isn’t required to keep a huge tank of water hot, and the water is only heated “on demand.”
However, if you have a tankless water heater, or you’re thinking of having one installed, keep in mind that there is some basic maintenance that is required. Tankless systems need to be flushed about once a year – particularly if you have hard water. If not, scale builds up, which will clog your system or spit out some pretty nasty particles. Yuck!
Flushing the system doesn’t take long, really isn’t that difficult and only requires a few basic tools. You’ll need about three gallons of white vinegar and a submersible pump with a simple hose. The pump and hose is available as a set on Amazon.
Of course, you can always hire a plumber or a handyman, but you can easily tackle this project yourself if you have the tools above. Once you’re ready to go, take a look at this how-to video, created by Matt Risinger of Risinger Homes, which will guide you through the steps of flushing your system.