As fall and winter approach, so do many family holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve are the perfect occasions for friends and relatives to visit, and many times they will stay as guests in the house for a few days. This means that more people will be using hot water for washing laundry, dishes, and bathing, and the last thing you want to deal with is a water heater that breaks down at the worst moment.
Why a Water Heater can Fail
Water heaters are something we use every day, but very few homeowners schedule a regular maintenance program to keep them in top shape. Neglect is the leading cause of water heater failures since small problems are ignored until they turn into more extensive damage.
As time passes, all water heater tanks accumulate debris. Sand, dirt, small pebbles, and rust builds up until it starts to affect the heater’s performance. This debris could also be sent into the pipes and cause a blockage.
Another source of problems are the internal anodes that help prevent the water heater from corroding. These anodes get used up as they function, and if they are not replaced in time the tank will quickly rust.
Improperly sized heaters are one thing we find in many of our inspections. That small and affordable water heater might have been perfect for you and your wife after getting married and buying your first house. But several years later you now have three kids and the heater has to work overtime to keep up with the new demand, reducing its life expectancy.
Benefits of Proper Water Heater Maintenance
After having your water heater serviced you will notice a significant difference in the time it takes to heat the water up and how clean it feels when you take a shower. By getting rid of all the gunk that is in the tank it can now hold more water inside and there will be no debris that could clog the pipes. Maintenance will also increase the life of the tank by preventing rust and decay.
Don’t get frozen in the winter months! Maintain your water heater today
A professional water heater maintenance service consists of draining and flushing the tank. This removes any debris and build up, improving the heater’s efficiency. And remember: an efficient water heater will consume less fuel, lowering your energy bills.
A general inspection will also be performed. The anode rods, vents, and heater components are checked out for any signs of deterioration. The unions and flex lines are also inspected to verify that there are no leaks. When possible, any issue detected will be repaired.
You can easily avoid the disruption and damage of a failing water heater by having it serviced at least once a year. At Bob Oates Sewer & Rooter LLC all of our staff is licensed, and our work and parts are guaranteed. We can maintain electric or gas water heaters, so just give us a call and schedule a visit from our water heater experts.