Your water heater is one of the most important appliances that comes with owning/buying a house. One of the most important things to regularly check for is any visible sign of leaking or tank deterioration. Secondly, realize that there are some things you do not know about your water heater that you should make yourself aware of as soon as possible:
Water heaters should typically be replaced every 10-13 years. Be aware that hidden costs, such as mounting, ventilation system, drain pan and supply pipes, come with replacing it, along with installation costs. You can attempt to install on your own, but know that if done incorrectly, very expensive repairs and life-threatening injuries can occur. Cartwrights technicians use expert knowledge and experience to install these units.
With most water heaters, signs of failure are typically easy to spot. Rust in your water or a rumbling noise coming from the tank are prime examples of failure. Rumbling noises are created by layers of sediment that have solidified and hardened in the water heater. This can make your water heater less efficient and cause your tank to wear, which leads to system failure. Noticeable leaks could also be brought on by sediment build up.
Water heaters should be using electricity and water efficiently. Investing in a newer appliance is the best/easiest way to operate more efficiently and save money over time. Newer models operate 20% more efficiently and save $700 more over the life of an older model. However, replacement is not always an option. Improve efficiency by checking working parts on the system, such as the TPR valve and anode rod. Draining the sediment out of the tank can improve the longevity of the appliance.
There is much more to learn about your water heater. If you run into any problems repairing or installing – or want to save money on water efficiency, call or schedule service online with the experts at Cartwrights.