Is It Time To Replace Your Water Heater?
A water heater can last 8 to 12 years, sometimes more depending on the manufacturer. So what are some of the things you can do to prevent a water heater leak?
Here are a few things you can do:
- Check the connections into and out of the water heater for corrosion or wear and tear. These can generally be fixed or replaced by a plumber.
- Check the color of your hot water when it comes out. (Rust-colored hot water may be an indication that the inside of the tank is rusting). Soft water can reduce the buildup of hard minerals, which can cause deterioration.
- Should I flush the water heater tank? Regular annual tank flushing can help extend the life of your water heater. However, if you have not done this regularly, it’s also possible you can cause damage by suddenly flushing the water heater. There are also essential safety steps like turning off the electrical power and ensuring the water being released has a chance to cool, so nobody gets scalded.
It’s best to have a professional come out and take a look if you have any doubts about how your water heater is functioning and how much life it may have left. (In case of a leak, here’s how to shut off the main valve)
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