Water Heater Service
Your hot water heater may be repairable; its age, the nature of problem, the installation environment, and the supply water quality are all factors that will determine whether or not repairing your water heater is a prudent decision. All water heaters eventually fail. If your water heater is more than ten years old, it is working on borrowed time. Additionally, the ancient yet functioning water heater in your garage is probably around 25 percent full of minerals. So your 40 gallon water heater now holds 30, and it is substantially less efficient because of the minerals in the tank.
Some existing water heater installations can accommodate a slow leak without peripheral water damage–other installations cannot. The pressure in your leaking water heater tank is usually between 40 and 80 p.s.i., which results in many more fast leaks than slow ones. Therefore, if you wait until you have a leaking water heater before getting a replacement, there is a good chance you will need service for water damage as well. The good news is that a new hot water heater will save you money because of improved construction resulting in higher efficiency. To sustain the capacity and efficiency of your new water heater, use the draincock to flush minerals from the tank at least once per year. For safety reasons especially, employ an licensed plumber for all hot water heater installations and service issues.
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