Tips for Keeping Your Water Heater Healthy This Year

tank-water-heaterWater heaters may be sturdy, but they’re not immune to problems. If you don’t take proper care of yours, you can expect it to need replacement many years earlier than you think. Fortunately, if you take the right steps you can both increase the system’s efficiency and lengthen its lifespan at the same time. Follow the tips below to ensure that your water heater is as healthy as possible throughout the year.

Schedule Maintenance at Least Once a Year

Preventive maintenance is an important part of keeping your water heater as healthy as possible. Most of the issues that typically afflict water heaters develop slowly, only giving off symptoms when they have had plenty of time to cause damage. This means that it’s really not a good idea to wait around for problems to present symptoms before calling for repairs. If you do that, you’re just giving the issues more time to cause damage. The best thing you can do is schedule preventive maintenance for your water heater at least once a year.

During a preventive maintenance appointment, your water heater technician will go over your system in detail and isolate areas that are having problems. Those problems can then be resolved before they get any worse, saving you money on repair costs and preserving the health of your water heater. If you’re consistent about doing this every year, you can make your water heater last longer and increase its efficiency at the same time. Maintenance isn’t a perfect solution, though, which brings us to our next point.

Know the Signs of a Problem

Even with regular maintenance, you should know that there is a chance of a problem cropping up between appointments. For that reason, it’s a good idea to know the signs that your water heater is experiencing trouble so you can call for repairs as quickly as possible. Warning signs that your water heater is malfunction include, but are not limited to:

  • Falling output
  • Sudden fluctuations in water temperature
  • Leaks
  • Rust
  • Sudden shutdowns
  • Strange noises

If you notice your water heater displaying any of the above symptoms, it’s a good idea to call for repairs as soon as you can. Even if you notice another odd symptom that’s not on the above list, though, you should probably have a professional take a look at it just to be sure. Better safe than sorry, after all. The faster you have the system fixed, the more damage you can prevent and the better off your water heater will be.

If you schedule preventive maintenance once a year, and call for repairs when you feel you need to, your water heater will be much more likely to live to a ripe old age. So schedule maintenance for yours today, and keep it healthy for many years to come.

Service King Plumbing & HVAC provides comprehensive water heater maintenance and repair services in St. Charles, IL. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert water heater technicians.  

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