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Everything You Need To Know About Water Heater Repair Services

by April Carlson

Your water heater is one of those common comforts you might not appreciate until it's gone. Here is everything you need to know when you need water heater repair services.

Signs You Need a Repair/ New Water Heater

You may be using a broken water heater without even knowing it. Here are some signs that you need to repair or replace your water heater. 

  • Age

Most water heaters last about ten years. If you know your water heater is over ten years old, it might be time to consider looking into a new one. Of course, that doesn't mean they will all last that long. See below to find ways to keep your water heater running well for as long as possible. 

  • Leaking

A small leak can be a sign of a big problem. In fact, ignoring a leak can even lead to a large flood. Any leak needs to be dealt with immediately!

  • No Warm Water

One of the biggest signs of a problem is when you have a water heater that isn't producing hot water! Does it take forever for the water to heat up? Does it not heat up at all? Talk to your local contractor to see if you can do a simple repair or if a new water heater is the better solution. Also ask about insulated pipes to get warm water faster and keep it warm!

  • Rusty Water

You want the water coming out of your water heater to be clean and hygienic. If there's rust inside of the water heater, this can cause the water coming from your water to be rusty. It's very difficult to clean rust, let alone on the inside of a water heater, so this is a sign you might need a brand new water heater. 

How to Prevent Water Heater Repair

When you have a water heater for your home, there are things you can do to keep it in its best condition. Here are some steps to prevent repairs from being needed in the first place. 

  • Flush the water heater 

Every six months, you need to clean out the water in the water heater and put brand new water in the heater. This is actually quite simple, and you may be able to do it yourself, but you can always hire a professional if you feel more comfortable with that. 

  • Regular inspections

Every year, you should have your water heater inspected by a professional to ensure it's working properly.