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Why Should Homeowners Schedule Water Heater Maintenance?

Make Sure the Hot Water Stays on Through the Cold

Fall is here, and that means the year is drawing to a close. Before anyone knows it, the holiday rush will be here, and it will be time to celebrate a new year. This means there is less time to remember to do all the things that need to be completed this year. 

Every year, homeowners have a to-do list for seasonal maintenance and projects around the home. One of the items that should be on the list is annual water heater maintenance. If water heater maintenance hasn’t been completed yet, here is a reminder from local experts. This post will share the benefits of water heater maintenance, what is done during maintenance, and signs the water heater needs repair.   

Benefits of Routine Water Heater Maintenance 

save money There is no good time to run out of hot water, but the cooler seasons are probably the worst. That’s what makes water heater maintenance in the fall so appealing. Instead of waiting for a chilly evening to discover the water heater has failed and there is no hot water for a shower, why not get it checked out now? 

Improved reliability is a significant reason to get water heater maintenance. Maintenance can help prevent issues with the water heater and helps water heaters have a longer lifespan. Along with reliability, homeowners who schedule yearly water heater maintenance enjoy cost savings. Well-maintained water heaters will work more efficiently than water heaters where maintenance has been neglected, and an efficient system will have lower energy costs. Water heater maintenance also reduces costs by reducing the risk of needing repairs and premature replacements. 

Water Heater Maintenance Tasks

water hater service During a water heater maintenance visit, plumbers will perform essential tasks to help the water heater work more efficiently and without issues and inspect the water heating system to look for problems that need attention. Some of the steps that professionals take during maintenance are: 

  • Flushing the water heater tank to remove any sediment buildup
  • Inspecting the anode rod for corrosion and replacing it if it’s time
  • Checking safety valves for safe operation
  • Verifying delivery temperature of hot water
  • Cleaning the burner and inspecting for damage

When to Call for Water Heater Repairs 

Traditional storage water heaters and tankless water heaters are reliable devices that can last much longer when properly maintained. But besides routine maintenance, another essential part of taking care of a water heater is getting it repaired when needed and not ignoring issues, which allows the problem to get worse. The earlier that problems are noticed, the faster they can be fixed. Some of the most common signs that water heater repair is needed are: 

  • Unusual noises like rumbling, hissing, popping, or thumping
  • Leaks in the water heater - check around fittings and the drain pan
  • Corrosion or signs of corrosion like discolored or rusty water
  • Inadequate hot water
  • Slow recovery of water temperature after the tank is depleted
  • Higher than usual utility bills  

About RupCoe Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning

RupCoe Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning has more than 35 years of expertise serving South Plainfield and the surrounding areas. They offer upfront pricing, quality workmanship, and fast turnarounds. Call them today for water heater services in South Plainfield, NJ

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