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Water Heater Repair and Replacement Ideas

Is your water heater on its last gasp of steam? Your home or commercial water heater is an appliance that rarely gets any thought at all, until something goes wrong. Sometimes water heaters just plain quit. Then there are times when they fail badly, and you end up with a flood all over the floor.

Let’s take a look at water heaters. Your water heater uses about 18% of all your home’s energy, according to the Department of Energy. That’s close to one fifth of all the energy your home will consume, day after day, for many years. So, it’s a good idea to make certain your water heater is working properly, or you could waste a great deal of energy, along with more expensive utility bills.

The following article from Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is a discussion of just some of problems that can occur with water heaters.

Is It Time To Replace Your Water Heater?

For most of us, on-demand access to hot water isn’t optional — we count on our water heaters to get us through every shower and sinkful of dishes. But even top-of-the-line water heaters aren’t built to last forever, so unless we want to see our hot water access disrupted, we must preempt water heater failure by replacing units that are nearing the ends of their lives.

Predicting water heater failure isn’t always easy, but these occurrences are most common when a water heater is reaching the end of its useful life.

Water Heater Age

After years of service, lots of things can begin to go wrong with a hot water heater. Parts wear out. Corrosion develops. Tanks crack. For most tank heaters, ten years is a full life.

Knowing the age of your water heater is key to proactive replacement. If you can’t recall when yours was installed or you recently purchased your home, you can verify the date by checking the serial number label. Manufacturers note the month and year each unit is produced within the serial number, but this is often an alphanumeric code. Refer to your water heater manufacturer’s website to learn how to interpret your model’s code and confirm its age.

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It’s always a great idea to check up on your water heater periodically. Are you really getting water at the right temperature setting? Is your water heater making funny noises? Do you know what the temperature settings are for your hot water heater? You should get answers for these questions, and take care of any issues that arise.

Maybe it’s time for you to call about a water heater inspection. There are times when trying to solve those pesky home maintenance issues just may not happen. Water heater expertise may not be part of your overall skill set, so this is most likely one of those situations where you need to contact an expert. Here is some information about water heater inspection from Butter Plumbing.

Why You Should Get A Water Heater Inspection

…. We still get our share of freezing temperatures, and with our dry climate, we experience lots of wear and tear over all parts of our home. This can apply to plumbing systems too, especially appliances like the water heater.

Water heaters do their job quietly and without fuss, which means it can be very easy to overlook any problems that might be creeping up on them. The sooner you spot these problems, the better the chances you have of getting them repaired, and saving yourself money and heartache in the process.

Tough to Spot

Water heaters rarely make noise, and they’re usually located in out-of-the-way spots in your home like the basement. That means that problems can develop for months without your noticing. By the time you spot the symptoms, the repairs could be extensive, and in some cases may involve replacing the entire unit.

That’s one of the reasons why we recommend maintenance sessions for your water heater conducted every spring. It gives the technician a chance to flush out the tank, tighten loose hoses, ensure that the burners are working and replace the anode rode (which keeps the inside walls from rusting).

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Conclusion – Check Your Water Heater

There are some major reasons for getting your water heater inspected. We find that most water heaters, because they are located in a well-hidden location, can be failing for months or years before they are finally replace. We recommend an inspection to make certain your water heater is working properly.

If you know your water heater is failing or needs an inspection, or if you have other plumbing issues or projects – Call us at Henco Plumbing Services, LLC 360-773-8039 to set up an appointment.

Resources: Residential Water Heaters

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  • Denny Oberkamper
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    Your article makes a lot of sense. As a former property maintenance manager, I experienced first hand many issues with high volume water heaters. Most people simply take their water heaters for granted. Believe me, they don’t last forever. Whether home or in a commercial location, water heaters require inspection and repair.

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