The Importance of Water Heater Maintenance
Your water heater is probably the most important element of your home that you don’t usually think about. Whether it’s your morning shower, the hot water you need to clean your dishes, or making sure that your washing machine is working the way you want it to, your water heater has an impact on almost every part of your home life.
As a team serving the plumbing needs of Indianapolis residents since 1963, we understand that it can be inconvenient and frustrating to encounter water heater problems. Whether you have a gas, electric or tankless water heater, all of these can be maintained with the proper techniques and experts. So, why is it worth the time and money to properly maintain your water heater?
A More Efficient Heater Saves You Money
No matter what type of water heater you have, the most common issue leading to a lack of energy efficiency is calcium buildup. Loose minerals that can be found in your water build up as your water heater consistently heats, and these can settle in different places throughout your unit. As these minerals build up in your heater, they can create a barrier between your heating element and the water, causing your unit to have to work harder in order to heat the same amount of water.
This buildup can cause your water heater to go through far more wear and tear than normal, and this can lead to part failure or tank damage. By making sure your water heater is tuned up and efficient you can avoid damage that you’ll have to pay to replace. Additionally, making sure your water heater doesn’t have to work as hard will pay dividends in your energy bill, since the unit will take up far less energy on a day-to-day basis.
Maintain, Don’t Replace
On average, water heaters can usually last anywhere from 8 to 12 years. However, without proper maintenance, your water heater will be on the low end of that timeframe and possibly even lower. The reason for this is that a lack of maintenance leads to lack of efficiency, meaning that while you’ll be using the same amount of water, your water heater will have to work harder day in and day out in order to heat that water. This can lead to earlier breakdowns.
Additionally, small issues at first can turn into big ones without intervention and can lead to your water heater breaking down and requiring replacement far earlier. Replacing your water heater can be a costly process, and it can be tough on your savings account if you weren’t expecting to have to pay for a new unit. By taking the simple step of regularly maintaining your unit, you’re more likely to get extra years of use out of your water heater before it needs to be replaced.
Prevent Unpleasant Surprises
By the time your water heater goes out and you’re greeted with an unpleasant surprise the next time you try to use hot water, it’s likely that there had been an unaddressed issue for a while. In fact, by some estimates, up to 85% of repairs that water heaters need could have been prevented if there was routine maintenance on the unit.
By tuning up your water heater, you’ll have a professional on-site who knows how to identify potential issues before they turn into a problem and take steps to fix them quickly and easily. It’s always better to get the situation taken care of before it needs more drastic intervention and this way you won’t need to be greeted by a surprise cold shower.
Water heater problems can be major headaches, striking at inconvenient times and greatly reducing your comfort in your own home. It’s important to think about these appliances as being indispensable to a comfortable home life, and treating them accordingly. With an annual or semi-annual water heater tune-up, the experts at Allen Plumbing Company can make sure your unit stays in top shape, and identify and fix any minor issues before they turn into major ones. To make sure your water heater stays functioning and efficient, contact us today and schedule your water heater maintenance session.