We depend on our water heaters to supply us with hot water every day, and when they break down, it's tough to get through the day, not being able to shower or wash clothes or dishes. Like any appliance, water heaters have a finite lifespan. If your water heater isn't providing you with the hot water you need or if it's acting oddly, call AM PM Plumbing for an inspection in Murrieta, CA.
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Call Us If Your Water Heater Does This
The average water heater lasts about 15 years, and after that, it can fail at any time. Whether the tank rusts and spills water all over the floor or the unit doesn't supply hot water anymore, it's best if you can avoid failure by repairing or replacing a water heater that's going bad before it fails. Here are signs to watch for and when to call a professional for help.
- The water doesn't get as hot as before
- You notice the water is murky or rusty
- Your water heater makes strange banging noises
- The water seems to take forever to get hot
All of the above signs indicate a water heater that's on its last legs. Call us for repair or replacement right away.
Is It Better to Repair or Replace a Water Heater?
A water heater is an expensive appliance, and it isn't always easy to determine when it's better to repair one or replace it. On the one hand, you don't want to shell out a lot of money for a replacement, while on the other, you don't want the water heater to become a money pit with constant repairs. Here's how to know when replacement is the best option.
- Age: If your water heater is over 15 years old, it's at the end of its useful life, and replacement is the best option.
- Higher Energy Bills: Do you turn the water dial further to get the same temperature water as before? It could mean your water heater has lost efficiency, and your energy bills are going up to keep up. Getting a new, high-efficiency water heater saves you money.
- Repair Frequency: If you're throwing money into repairs every year to keep your water heater running, it's time to replace it. Also, if the cost of the repair is 50% or more than the price of a new water heater installation, go for new.
If you're still unsure which direction to take, call us and let us inspect your system and recommend the best course of action.
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How to Maintain a Water Heater
While your water heater will give out one day, you can extend its lifespan and keep it running efficiently during its use if you perform regular maintenance. To keep your water heater in tip-top shape, drain a quarter of the tank about once a year to remove sediment buildup. Also, test the pressure relief valve once a year to ensure it's working properly and watch for any small leaks. Check the anode rod once a year for corrosion and replace it if needed. If you have an older water heater, insulate it and the pipes, so it doesn't have to work as hard. Lastly, call a professional plumber for water heater maintenance service.