Most people don’t even pay attention to how much hot water they use…until something goes wrong and the hot water runs out, that is. Your water heater is one of the most important appliances in your home, and yet you probably don’t even give it a second thought until it suddenly springs a leak or runs out of hot water or does something you don’t understand. Water heater repair can be expensive and time-consuming, especially if you don’t know eactly who to call when you have a problem. Do you know when to call a plumber and how often you should be thinking about water heater repair and maintenance?
When You Need Water Heater Repair
The average family living in the U.S. uses more than 300 gallons of water every day at home. Chances are, a lot of that water is going to have some heat added to it. Your water heater is responsible for heating all the hot water you use in your home. Even if you have two water heaters, they will function as one unit because they will be linked together through plumbing.
A standard water heater isn’t going to last for ever, no matter how well-made. In most case, you will start to experience some problems associated with general wear and tear within the first 10 years. Sometimes, water heater problems can turn into really big problems. Your water heater may spring a leak, for instance, and suddenly you have many gallons of water spilling out all over your floor. Some of the mechanics of the heater may fail, making it impossible for the water heater to continue heating the water. When you notice something wrong, you probably go looking for plumbing help as most people do. But why wait?
You need water heater repair when you have a problem…but you can also perform regular water heater maintenance to prevent the problems you could have in the future and keep your water heater functioning at peak levels. Why just wait for a huge problem to happen, when you can call a plumber and have them check out your water heater before you have to spend hundreds of dollars fixing an issue after it’s already happened?
Preventing Water Heater Replacement
Water heater replacement can be an extremely expensive and very time-consuming ordeal for homeowners. You will go for hours, possibly even days, without the ability to heat water in your home — unless you do it yourself on the stove, the way it was once done in medieval times. Calling an emergency plumber to do the job is going to cost even more. Water heaters are not cheap, and that’s exactly why you want to keep up with regular maintenance. Even if parts of the heater need to be replaced, rather than the whole water heater itself, you could spend hundreds of dollars and wait several days for the right materials to become available.
No one wants to deal with plumbing emergencies. Routine maintenance is the best way to prevent having to face this yourself. Call a plumbing service nearby and ask about the water heater maintenance you can perform as a homeowner, and find out about what they can provide when it comes to checking up on how well your water heater is functioning.
You can also find out more about tankless water heater options. This is a relatively new technology that provides very little maintenance and very little work. Tankless water heater typically lasts much longer than more traditional types, and they take up a fraction of the space.
Indoor plumbing dates to at least 2,500 B.C. Having running water and waste disposal is such an essential of human life that even ancient people figured out ways to provide themselves with water. Humans are made up mostly of water, and this liquid has been called the essential life force. So shouldn’t you always have access to running, hot water whenever you want it? Keep up with your water heater, and you will.