April 2014 News Letter – Water Heater Woes

Did you know we inspect, service and install gas and electric water heaters? Water heaters are an essential appliance in today’s homes but they can also be a source of frustration if not working properly and very dangerous as well. An improperly installed or neglected water heater can explode, causing severe damage not only to your home but can endanger life and limb. Often, just a visual inspection can reveal the signs of impending failure with the handy tips below or if you’re unsure, we’ll be more than happy to assist with an inspection.
Aftermath of Water Heater Explosion

1. Is your water heater more than 10+ years old? Water heaters can last typically between 10 to 15 years. If yours is reaching the end of it’s service life, you’ll want to seriously consider replacing it before you make expensive repairs. Repairing an old water heater will only delay the inevitable, and a new unit will run much more efficiently than an older one.

2. Over time, an old unit can deliver less and less hot water, the output capacity drops significantly and you may be better off with a new unit now rather than continue paying good money for poor efficiency.

3. Have you had your unit serviced regularly? Shortened lifespans can be caused by neglecting to drain it annually, checking the anode rod every few years and testing the pressure relief valve. Skipping on regular maintenance means you could be heading for trouble. You should consult a professional.

4. Other signs of trouble include leaking, corrosion around fittings, heavy rust and or cracking. In these cases, replacement is usually the only option. Again, it’s best to consult a pro.

When in doubt, play it safe. Let a pro inspect and service your water heater. Give us a call, (504) 362-6300 for a quote!

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