A water heater is a mechanism that stores anywhere from 40 to 60 gallons of heated water in order to supply your shower, laundry, and other hot water needs. It can seem like a complicated appliance to inspect and keep running, but we’ve compiled a list of a few questions and answers on this very issue.
How can I tell if there is an issue?
You should be doing regular inspections on your own every couple of months to ensure that nothing is going wrong, and if you can afford it, you should ideally pay for a professional inspection every year or two. This helps to pick up on little issues as soon as they happen, which can help you save a ton of money on larger repairs. During your inspections, check for cracks, leaks, and pay attention to how long and consistently hot your water is.
What can I do when I have an problem?
When most people think of emergency plumbing services, they are thinking about plumbing repairs in appliances. But emergency plumbing services are good for more than just toilet repair — they can also help you with water heater problems. If you have the time, check in on their references and specialties before choosing a plumber, but most emergency plumbing companies have the ability to fix a water heater as well.
When is a replacement necessary?
You should always call a professional in before you declare an appliance a total loss. They may be able to revive the system with smaller part replacements, rather than replacing the entire thing. This may only be a temporary fix, but it gives you the time you need to save up for a larger replacement. While a normal tank water heater lasts about 10 to 13 years, a tankless heater can last up to 20 years. So if you do end up needing a full replacement, consider an upgraded model.
Have you been consistently checking your water heater for problems? Will you start doing regular inspections on it now to make sure you aren’t surprised?