Your water heater is one of the most important parts of your plumbing system. Without it, you would not be able to use your dishwasher or washing machine, not to mention the ice–cold shower you would have to take every day. If your water heater broke down, it is something you wouldn’t have to get fixed immediately, especially in the winter. The best way to prevent your water heater from breaking down is to keep an eye on the unit and perform regular maintenance, which can help you find problems before they cause damage.
How to Spot Trouble before It Starts
Plumbing equipment is not meant to last forever, however with proper maintenance they can last a long time. Winter is one of the most difficult seasons for hot water heaters. The metal tank will expand and contract if it is located in an unheated area or a location with extreme temperature fluctuations. The water’s mineral content can also play a role in reducing the water heater’s lifespan.Water Heater
Here Are Some Signs to Look for That Will Show If Your Water Heater Is Failing:
- Do you see drips or leaks, or is water accumulating under the water heater?
- If you use a gas water heater, is the flame yellow? It should be blue.
- Is the water in your shower too hot or too cold? Does the temperature of the water reflect the temperature that is set on the water heater?
- Is rust coming out of the faucet?
- Is there bending and cracking in the surface of the tank? This may be a sign that you need to replace the water heater.
When Should You Repair or Replace?
In some cases, if you’re knowledgeable about home repair, you may be able to make some repairs yourself. Replacing a faulty heating unit would not be difficult for a savvy DIYer. However, most of the work needed to fix or replace it should be handled by a plumbing professional.
Unfortunately, replacing it can be expensive. However, because of federal regulations, new water heaters are more efficient so you may be able to make back some of your investment with the money saved on energy each month. Before you start shopping for a new one, figure out your first-hour rating, so that you can purchase a unit that can meet the needs of your family and home.
Protect Your Investment with Expert Care
If you need your hot water heater repaired or replaced, or require any other type of plumbing installation, contact a qualified plumbing professional.