Installing or replacing a water heater can be a daunting task. It’s important to know what signs indicate that you need a new one, and how to properly maintain your current unit to ensure longevity. In this blog post, we will discuss the three most important things you need to know about water heaters!
Signs you need to replace your water heater
One of the most common signals is when your water heater starts making strange noises. If you hear loud banging, popping, or hissing sounds, it could be an indication that something is wrong and needs to be fixed sooner rather than later.
Another sign is when your water heater fails to produce hot water. If you find yourself taking cold showers more often than not, it might be time for a new unit.
Additionally, if you notice that your water bills are increasing even though your usage has stayed the same, it’s possible that there is something wrong with your water heater and it’s using more energy than it should be.
Finally, if your water heater is more than ten years old, it’s probably time for a replacement. Much like anything in life, water heaters also have a lifespan.
Preparing for water heater installation
Once you’ve determined that it’s time for a new water heater, there are some things you can do to prepare.
If you are determined to install the water heater yourself, make sure you read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and follow all safety precautions. You’ll need the right tools for the job, and it’s best to have a helper on hand just in case. Gather the necessary parts and materials. This might include water heater insulation, a water shut-off valve, and Teflon tape.
If you’re not comfortable installing the water heater yourself, or if you don’t have the time, reach out to a professional plumber. They will be able to do the job quickly and efficiently, and they can also help with any repairs that might be needed down the road.
There are some things you can do to help your plumber before the water heater install. Make sure the water heater is accessible and that there is enough space around it so the plumber can work. Also, make sure to shut off the water supply and disconnect any hoses or power cords.
How to pick the right water heater for your home
Not all water heaters are created equal. There are a few factors you need to consider when choosing the right one for your home.
The first is size. You’ll want to choose a water heater that’s big enough to meet your needs, but not too big or too small. The second factor is energy efficiency. Some water heaters are more energy-efficient than others, so be sure to choose one that will help you save on your energy bills. The third factor is water type. Some water heaters work best with certain types of water, so be sure to pick the right one for your home. Our plumbers are educated in water heater installation and can help you choose the right one for your needs.
How to properly maintain your water heater
The most important thing is to keep an eye on the water heater’s water level. If the water level falls below the minimum line, it can cause the water heater to overheat and potentially damage the unit. You should also make sure that there is always enough airflow around the water heater so that it can cool down properly. Finally, you should inspect the water heater for any leaks or corrosion every six months, and have any necessary repairs done as soon as possible.
Maintaining your water heater is a crucial part of ensuring its longevity. If you follow the tips above, you can help prevent common problems and keep your water heater running smoothly for years to come! For more information about water heaters or for assistance with installation or replacement, please contact your local professionals at Master Plumbing.
Print this Checklist for your water heater maintenance convenience:
Maintaining your Water Heater:
– Keep an eye on the water level
– Make sure the water heater has enough airflow
– Inspect water heater every six months for leaks or corrosion
– Have repairs done as soon as possible if any damage is found.
Signs you need a new water heater:
– Your water heater is more than ten years old
– It’s making strange noises
– It’s not producing hot water
– Your water bills are increasing even though your usage has stayed the same.