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Water heaters are one of a home’s most important appliances. They allow us to take hot showers and baths, do our laundry, wash dishes, and so much more. That’s why Mr. Mike’s Plumbing Company offers expert service in repairing and replacing water heaters. How do you know if it’s time to for a water heater replacement, or if it just needs some repairs? Mr Mike’s has the scoop for you below.
When should you replace your water heater?
Because water heaters do so much for your home, they generally have a lifespan of 8-12 years. Experts generally recommend that if your water heater is 10 years old or older, it is time for a replacement. If your heater leaks around the tank’s base, this is another sign that it needs to be replaced. The last major sign is if your heater works sporadically or never works—that is, if you are having a lot of trouble getting hot water. If you need to replace your heater, you will generally just replace it with the same model you had before. However, if you want to upgrade to a larger hot water tank or switch the energy source—from gas to electric or vice versa, these are options you should be aware of. Talk to your plumber about these options—we can help! If your heater is not yet 8 years old but is still not working properly, you likely need some basic repairs. We can help with that too! Before we do, make sure the power is connected if you have an electric heater, and that the gas is connected and the pilot light is lit if you have a gas heater. The power source not being connected is one of the most common causes of a faulty water heater!
Maintaining your water heater
Luckily, water heaters were meant to last, and they can take the heat without much maintenance. There are a few basic things you can do to help keep your heater alive. You should drain your heater twice per year to rid it of sediment. This reduces corrosion and also makes your heater more efficient. You can also keep your heater’s thermostat at 120 degrees in order to keep the heater from overheating. See “Do It Yourself Water Heater Maintenance”.
How to Use This Information
Here at Mr. Mike’s Plumbing Company, we want to make sure your home is in proper shape and is giving you what you need, like hot water. In order to provide for you, we offer many plumbing services, plus 6-Month Home Safety Checks and Home Enjoyment Consultations. For any of our services please call Mr. Mike’s at (403) 520-2040 or contact us online today!