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3 Tips to Extend the Lifespan of Your Water Heater

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Let’s face it, your water heater is going to need help this season. If recent trends are any indication, it’s likely to get cold this year and we’re going to need hot water to get through things. Most of our customers use storage tank water heaters, but even if you’re a tankless water heater user, you’ll still be able to benefit from the tips that we’re going to talk about in this blog.

Water heaters undergo a tremendous amount of pressure in the winter. From our hot baths to hot showers, we really can’t go without them or we face some serious discomfort and the inability to use our appliances like dishwashers and laundry machines. So, when it comes to your water heater in Berea, OH, do yourself a favor and take a few steps to ensure it works properly throughout the holiday season!

1. Limit Your Hot Water Use

Look, we don’t want to tell anyone how to live their lives. Many people have different water demands, and that’s up to every household to decide. What we will say is that using a bit less hot water than you normally would might affect your water heater tremendously.

Remember, water heaters do undergo stress when we have people joining us for the holiday and start doing more dishes than we normally would. This would be a good time to set up some rules for the kids about how long showers should be, and some best practices when using hot water. With the burden eased on your system, it becomes less likely that an issue will come up. If anything, this would also reduce your water heating bills!

2. Invest in Yearly Water Heater Maintenance

One of the most effective ways of mitigating problems with your water heater is using routine maintenance. A maintenance appointment allows for a professional to check components, adjust your water heater, and even provide minor fixes to components that might be broken or on their way out. This will ensure that the system is ready to handle your hot water needs.

3. Schedule Repairs When Something Goes Wrong

If you notice something wrong with your water heater, it’s always a good idea to schedule repairs for the system as soon as possible. Here are some problems that would be great to get fixed.

  • You detect a leak or a puddle near the water heater. Leaks are never a good sign, especially if they’re coming from your water heater. Puddles left alone long enough can grow mold infestations and damage the flooring of your home.
  • The temperature is all wrong. If your water heater is heating the water too much or too little, then we’d deem this a problem that requires fixing. The system might just be set to the wrong temperature, or there could be a component malfunction.
  • The system isn’t heating the water enough. Are you constantly running out of hot water? This could be a problem with sediment clogging up your system and reducing the amount of hot water kept in the tank.

For help with your water heater, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at Westland Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing!

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