Water heaters are among the hardest working appliances in the average home. Think about how many times you use hot water every day. Now, multiply that number by 365, and you’ll see how much demand you actually place on your water heater. In fact, most water heater types don’t ever fully shut off. They stay operating 24/7, in order to make sure that hot water is always available at the drop of a hat. This isn’t a bad thing, of course. Water heaters are designed to operate this way, and to cope with the wear and tear it generates. However, if you really want to make sure that you get the most out of your water heater, it’s a good idea to take a couple extra steps to make sure that your system stays healthy.
Preventive Maintenance Above All Else
The number one thing that you can do, for pretty much any system including your water heater, is to schedule preventive maintenance for it. Most of the problems that your water heater is going to have to deal with are not going to announce themselves right away. They’re going to develop slowly, without you noticing them, until they’re far enough along to have already caused serious damage. Then, they might start giving off warning symptoms. Of course, you don’t want to find out that your water heater is in trouble that late in the process.
The best way to deal with water heater problems is to catch them as early as possible, and most of the time the only way to do that is to schedule preventive maintenance. The close and methodical scrutiny involved in professional water heater maintenance appointments makes it much more likely that problems will be found early. Those issues can then be repaired before they can get worse, which saves you money and adds years to the lifespan of your water heater.
Call for Repairs ASAP When Necessary
Preventive maintenance is great for lessening the likelihood of problems occurring, but it can never prevent them 100% of the time. It is almost unavoidable that you will need to have your water heater repaired between maintenance appointments. If and when a problem does come up, it’s important for the health of your water heater that you call for repairs as soon as you can. You may not be able to prevent all the damage from the problem, but the longer you wait before calling a professional, the worse it will get. Since time is of the essence in cases like this, it’s important to have a professional check out your system even if you’re not 100% certain that there is a problem. If you’re even a little suspicious because of something your water heater is doing, that’s justification enough to have it checked.
Lutz Plumbing, Inc. provides comprehensive water heater repair and maintenance services in Overland Park, KS. If you need help with your water heater, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians.