Assuming ideal conditions, the average water heater can last between 10 and 15 years. That’s quite a while, if you think about it, and a good return on your investment. However, that doesn’t mean that your water heater will actually last that long. At least, not if you don’t take certain steps to keep it in good shape for as long as possible. If you want to get the most out of your water heater, and extend its effective lifespan, follow our tips below.
Schedule Preventive Maintenance Annually
Water heaters have to deal with problems of various kinds, just like any other home system. Unfortunately, most of the issues that develop with water heaters also happen subtly. The typical problem that can threaten your water heater will start small, so small that you almost certainly won’t notice it. Then, over time the problem will grow larger and larger until by the time you do notice it, it will be too late to prevent a lot of the damage to the system. This dramatically increases the cost of repairs, and shortens your water heater’s lifespan. The best way to prevent this is to catch problems much earlier, before they start to give off warning signs. That’s what preventive maintenance is for.
Preventive water heater maintenance involves a close examination of the entire system. If any problems are already present in the system, or look likely to develop in the near future, they can be dealt with before they really get going. This will lower the cost of repairing your water heater, and keep it in better overall health. If you are careful to do this every year, you can both save a lot of money and make sure that your system lasts as long as possible.
Call for Repairs as Soon as Possible
Though preventive maintenance does substantially lower the chances of your system having a serious problem to deal with, it doesn’t prevent it 100% of the time. There will very likely come a time when you have to deal with a water heater problem between maintenance appointments. When that happens, it’s very important that you call for repairs as soon as possible. Now, as we mentioned above, you may not be totally certain that your water heater is even experiencing a problem unless the issue is quite advanced. Still, it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you have even the slightest suspicion that your water heater is having a problem, you should call for repairs as soon as you can. The faster an expert can check your system out, and repair it, the better off it will be.
Pipeworks Inc. provides a full range of water heater repair and maintenance services in Bloomington, IL. If you have questions about when to schedule preventive maintenance, or you have a possible sign of a problem that you aren’t sure what to do about, we can help. Contact us today to speak to one of our expert water heater technicians.