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Why Do I Need Hot Water Heater Maintenance?

Hot Water Heater Maintenance The average lifespan of a hot water heater is approximately 10-15 years depending on how well the unit has been cared for. Similar to an HVAC, in order to keep a water heater operating as efficiently and smoothly as possible, regular hot water heater maintenance is recommended.

Why Do I Need Hot Water Heater Maintenance?

Although the hot water heater is as close to being self-sufficient as any of your household appliances, proper water heater maintenance can help prevent leaks and improve efficiency. But, like all appliances, water heaters don’t last forever. To no surprise, the older a hot water heater gets, the more problems it is going to have.

Hot Water Heater Replacement vs Hot Water Heater Repair: How Do I Know?

Depending on the age of the unit and the extent of repair needed, a new hot water heater may prove to be the most cost-effective choice. If you’re unsure when your current water heater was installed, or if you moved into a home with an existing water heater, locate the serial number label on the water heater which includes the manufacturing date. Double check the manufacturer’s website to find out how to decipher the code and determine its age
One telltale sign you need a new water heater is if you’re facing a hot water heater leak. Additionally, if your water heater works only when it feels like it, it’s probably best to consider a replacement.
If you’re facing a worn-down unit, it’s actually not going to be all that scary to your pocketbook. Considering modern hot water heater models are far more efficient than older designs you’ll end up saving big bucks in the long run. But, before replacing a water heater with the exact specifications as you had before, consider increasing or decreasing the capacity based on accommodating your family’s needs. You can also choose tankless, which has its own unique benefits.

How Often Do I Need Hot Water Heater Maintenance?

On your own, inspect the water heater every two months for water leaks at the plumbing joints or from the tank itself. Look for unusual corrosion, check the condition of the hose and couplings and listen for unusual sounds that might indicate a more serious problem. Every six months, flush the water heater by draining several gallons of water via the drain valve to remove any sediment build-up.
Annually, schedule water heater maintenance with a professional plumber for a thorough service and inspection. For gas water heaters, this includes flush sediment deposits, clean burners and pilot, check flue draft and check overall tank condition. For electric water heaters, this includes: check thermostats, check heat elements, flush sediment deposits, and check all electrical connections for corrosion.

Brown’s Hot Water Heater Service

At Brown’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, we offer hot water heater service and other emergency plumbing services throughout Monmouth and Ocean County New Jersey 24/7. Our professional plumbers can fix all makes and models for both gas water heaters and electric water heaters. And our technicians have experience with a wide variety of problems such as a leaking hot water heater or the dreaded lack of hot water. From sump pump repairs to hot water heater replacement our experts are ready to help!
Contact our experts at 732-741-0694 to learn more and schedule a hot water heater maintenance appointment that’s convenient for you.

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