When you need hot water to wash your dishes or take a shower, it’s as easy as turning on your faucet. However, when you turn that knob and you find yourself taking an unexpected cold shower or having cold hands at the kitchen sink, there may be a problem with your water heater. Since water heaters are generally items people don’t give much thought to until they break down, here are some important tips to keep in mind about water heaters.
How Long Do They Last?
On average, most water heaters today last 6-10 years. However, few people are often aware of this, and mistakenly assume their water heater will last forever. Yet if they are not properly maintained, they may not last as long as 10 years. To ensure you get the maximum life out of your water heater, call on us here at Ben Franklin Plumbing.
Water Heater Maintenance Needs
For most modern water heaters, several maintenance tasks should be completed on a regular basis. For example, we here at Ben Franklin Plumbing recommend water heaters receive a professional flush once per year. Along with this, it should also be checked to make sure the thermostat is working correctly, and that all water lines are properly connected and not becoming prone to rust or wear.
Various Types of Water Heaters
While water heaters of yesteryear were generally only one type and size, today’s modern water heaters have come a long way since then. For example, you can now choose between electric, gas, or even tankless water heaters. In addition, water heaters also come in various sizes, with the most common being in the 40-50 gallon range.
Professional Water Heater Service
Since a water heater is so essential to your home, don’t take its service needs for granted. If you try to handle these tasks on your own, you run the risk of making a small problem worse or perhaps getting seriously burned by scalding water. To make sure your water heater is always in great condition, schedule a service appointment soon with a plumber Phoenix trusts at Ben Franklin Plumbing.