Hot water is essential for everyday living, which makes your hot water heater an essential part of your home. Your hot water heater is what enables you to take a hot shower or bath at the end of a long day, and it’s what allows you to get your dishes and your clothes clean. Most of us take hot water for granted and don’t give it much thought until suddenly it’s not there.
Hot water heaters take existing cold water and warm it for your use. Depending on the type of water heater you have, the water will be heated in different ways. If you have a traditional tank water heater, your hot water will be heated and stored for when you need to use it. If you have a newer tankless water heater, your water will pass through the water heater and be heated on demand when you turn on the sink, shower or other water source.
The best way to keep your water heater in tip top shape is to make sure it’s serviced regularly. Not only will this keep it running smoothly, but you will be aware of when it’s going to need replacing soon. Knowing ahead of time that your water heater is on it’s last leg will allow you to start shopping around and find the best deal before your water heater bites the dust and you’re left with an ice cold shower. Your water heater should be serviced at least once a year to stay in good health.
If your water heater does go out, you should call a professional to come assess the situation. They will be able to tell you what issue has occurred, if the water heater is fixable and what your options are for repair or replacement of the water heater.
On average, traditional water heaters have a life span between 8 and 12 years. A tankless water heater will have a lifespan of up to 20 years. If your water heater is causing you issues and it’s coming up on the end of it’s lifespan, it’s probably best to go ahead and replace it. This will help you avoid being without hot water if it does go out.
If you’re using a traditional tank water heater, you might be considering upgrading to a tankless water heater. Upgrading your water heater is a personal decision you should make based on your needs and budget. Tankless water heaters are a bit more expensive upfront, but you should see your water bill go down since it’s only heating the water you need and not holding pre-heated water that’s not being used.
If your water heater needs installing, repair or replacement, call Mudbug Plumbing & Remodeling today! Our highly trained team of professional plumbers will be able to help find the best solution and get you back to having hot water in no time. Contact us today at (504) 603-3152.
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