All About Your Water Heater

Most people think about their water heaters in 3 situations:

  • When you need to replace it 
  • When you run out of hot water
  • When it’s broken and you need to call a plumber

That’s cool.  That’s when we think about your water heater too.  If you’re in any of these situations, you’re probably ready to learn more about your water heater.  So let’s break it down by these three situations.

Need to Replace Water Heater

It happens to most home owners every 10 to 15 years: your hot water heater is busted and needs to be replaced.  You’re probably in a rush to get the system replaced as soon as possible. Your water heater is a pretty serious expense for most home  owners.  Before you choose what to buy, you’ll probably want to think about a few things:

  • Do you want to go with a tankless water heater or stick with a conventional one?
  • How much hot water do you need available at any given interval?
  • Are there tax incentives available if you go with a tankless hot water heater?

Henry Plumbing can help you answer any of these questions.  Feel free to look at our related blog articles about this as well.

You Keep Running Out of Hot Water

If you often find yourself running out of hot water, your water heater is probably either broken or too small for your home’s needs.  Here are the options for how to get more hot water in your house:

  • A tankless hot water system which delivers almost limitless hot water instantly
  • A larger capacity water heater

There are pros and cons for each system.   You can read more about them here: 5 Things You Should Know About Tankless Water Heaters.

Your Hot Water Heater is Broken, and You Need to Call a Plumber

If you don’t have any hot water in your house, you probably already know that your hot water heater is broken.  There are other less obvious signs you will probably want to know about though.  For example, if you notice moisture around your water heater, there may be a small leak somewhere in the tank.  The moisture can also be caused by loose fittings or loose connections from pipes to the tank.  In any of these cases, you will probably want to call a plumber.  It’s not worth risking your safety.  

Your hot water heater should last for at least 10 years.  If something goes wrong before then, it can probably be fixed or is covered by your warranty.  However, if your hot water heater is more than 10 years old, you should probably think about replacing it.  You can read more about warning signs that your water heater is about to fail here

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