You’re taking a shower when suddenly—yikes! The water turned ice-cold! If this happens to you, it may be a sign of a water heater that needs maintenance. Like any other piece of equipment, a water heater needs upkeep to keep it running smoothly. If you inspect your water heater and find leaks, moisture, or corrosion, your water heater is at risk of failure, which can result in hundreds or even thousands of dollars in structural damage. Don’t wait until it’s too late: call Angel Water today to have one of our technicians inspect your water heater, so you can keep you shower warm and your home safe!
And why wouldn’t they? Quite possibly the most neglected or forgotten equipment you have in your home, your water heater may be working overtime this winter (and every winter since it was first installed, whenever that was). Your water heater is constantly working to heat your water having less and less success at doing so!
Having the various components of your home’s water system, such as your water heater, inspected annually does more than just ensure your next shower is comfortable! A failing water heater can mean a frigid shower at best and hundreds, if not, thousands of dollars in damages to your water heater, plumbing and or home at worst. If not properly maintained and routinely inspected water heaters can even be dangerous. In fact, most water heater warranties require annual maintenance to be considered valid.
What Could Go Wrong with My Water Heater and What Should I Be Looking For?
Regardless of the age of your water heater, leaks are not to be taken lightly. Even smaller, slower leaks can result in catastrophic structural damages to your home over time. But left unattended, small leaks can become major leaks and unleash thousands of gallons of water within hours of a sudden structural failure. Look for moisture, mold, corrosion or other signs of fatigue that may be forming on the tank. Never patch your water heater. If you see an issue get it inspected by one of our qualified water systems experts right away.
How Old Is Too Old for a water heater?
The harder your water is and the more regularly your water heater is used, the shorter its life expectancy; if it’s over 8 to 10 years old, it has likely already reached it’s life expectancy. Once your manufacturer’s warranty has expired, it’s recommended you proactively look towards methods to either prolong it’s life or replace it completely. PRO TIP: if you can’t remember when your water heater was last inspected or when it was installed, it’s could very well be time to replace your hot water heater.
A whole New Meaning to the Phrase “Cold Shower”!
Is your main concern the lack of hot water? Your hot water perhaps only producing lukewarm water or takes a long time to heat up? If you’re frustrated with your water heater’s inability to produce hot water it may be an issue derived from sediment that has settled on the bottom of your tank, causing your burner to work overtime. A professional inspection can determine the cause of your water heater’s issues and sometimes simple maintenance can prevent or at least postpone costly replacements.
When Enough Is Truly Enough
If issues with your water heater continually crop up, and several repairs have been done, it may be an indication that enough is truly enough. Several issues over the course of a year is fair warning that a major failure isn’t a matter of if, but when!
Water damage from a faulty, failing water heater’s are one of the main homeowner policy claims, regularly maintaining your equipment and the timely repair of your water heater will ensure you’ve secured your family’s safety and comfort, keeping your hot water heater from causing major headaches for you and your household.
If you’re in need of help the Angel Water Family is here to serve yours. Don’t delay, contact us and schedule your inspection today!