Your water heater goes a long way toward regulating the temperature of the water in your home. Not only can it be uncomfortable and inconvenient when your water heater ceases to function, but it can also prevent you from maintaining a clean environment in your home. In addition, a broken water heater can cause damage to the building, particularly in the surrounding area. A water heater requires regular maintenance and services to ensure that it continues to operate efficiently and effectively. It is dangerous to handle water heater maintenance repairs and installation without the necessary experience, so these jobs are best left to the professionals.
Signs that you Need to Replace your Water Heater
There are multiple signs that it is time to replace your water heater. Water heaters generally last for 8-10 years. Water heater replacement will become necessary after this point. Signs that it is time to replace your water heater include:
- Water pooling around the heater
- Cold or lukewarm water in the building
- Unexpected noises emanating from the heater
- Water discoloration
- Rust and corrosion of the heater
It is important to keep in mind that the old water heater unit will need to be disposed of properly, which is an aspect that our professionals can take care of for you. Our experienced plumbers can also help you determine the ideal type of water heater for your needs.
Types of Water Heaters
Conventional water heaters are the kind of heater that holds a tank of heated water. These heaters have some limitations when compared to tankless water heaters, but they usually come at a lower initial expense. Tankless water heaters are able to heat water on demand, by using intense flashes of heat.
Water Heater Maintenance
There are a few things that you can do to ensure that your water heater will last much longer. Many manufacturers set the default temperature of your water heater to 140°. This is likely much hotter than the building needs, which can also put undue pressure on the water heater. Turning the temperature to 120° will help to protect your water heater, as well as lower your regular energy expenses. In addition, the water heater should be drained regularly, usually a few times a year. We offer excellent water heater maintenance services to ensure that your water heater remains functioning as it is intended.
The water heater of your home is a fixture that you often take for granted. It will be important to obtain fast repairs when they become necessary. We offer water heater replacement, maintenance, and installation services. To learn more about our water heater services, contact our team at S&B Plumbing today!