If you have ever had to take a cold shower because your water heater wasn’t working properly, you already know how unpleasant this situation can be. Most people don’t think much about their water heater, simply expecting it to provide hot water on a daily basis for everything from showers to dish-washing and laundry, and only notice the water heater when it’s not working. Unfortunately this means you’ll have to suffer with cold water until you can get someone out for a repair. Instead, it’s much easier to get regular maintenance and checkups on your water heater every year to reduce the chances that you will need emergency repairs. Plus these little heater repairs can extend the life of your water heat from its average of about 10 years.
Extended life – If you’re like other homeowners then you want to avoid having to replace your heater. A great way to do that is to get it inspected regularly. Over time, all the small problems that develop with your heater can cut its life short. But by detecting those problems early, you could extend your heater’s life.
Increased efficiency – Another awesome benefit of regular maintenance is that it could increase the efficiency of your system. With energy prices on the rise, this is a great investment for many homeowners.
Greater comfort – Finally, when your heater is working at peak performance because it’s being regularly inspected, cleaned and repaired by a professional you will likely get more comfort and better heating and cooling in your home.
Repairs & Maintenance Save Money
When your water heat is working inefficiently it is costing you money because it has to work much harder just to keep your water warm. Over time water heaters fill up with sediment and dirt—you’ll notice this in the form of knocking or banging noises from within the water heater. When that sediment settles at the bottom of the appliance, it has a harder time producing hot water and needs to be flushed.
Avoid Costly Repairs and Replacement
Just like with your personal health, “an ounce of prevention” with your water heater “is worth a pound of cure.” If you wait until you have a major problem with your water heater before calling a repair company, you have a much higher chance that the necessary repairs will be more costly and more extensive than if you have been getting regular maintenance and small repairs throughout the life of your water heater. Regular maintenance can spot leaks, corrosion, and other things impact the performance of your appliance. Plus if the damage is bad enough, you might just have to get the entire unit replaced—a cost that may have been avoidable with some preventive maintenance.
Avoid Catastrophic Breakdowns
Of course, the main reason to get regular maintenance is to avoid the major surprises like complete water heater failure, which could even lead to flooding in your basement and will mean high costs for repair or water heater replacement. Early detection of a problem will save you money, time, and the stress of taking those cold showers for a few days while you wait for a repair company.