Water heater failure is one of the top five sources of residential water damage, according to a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety. The damage is costly, too, with the average failure clocking in at more than $4,400 in damage per incident after the deductible is paid.
Water Heater Care: 5 Steps
The good news is that while water heater failure is a common issue, you can help prevent problems by taking these five steps:
Check your water heater’s age. If your water heater reaches its life expectancy (an average of 10 to 12 years for a typical storage-type water heater), the risk of a slow leak or sudden burst increases markedly. Once your equipment moves into its second decade, pay particularly close attention for warning signs (see #5 below), including rising water heating bills. At that age, replacing your water heater is usually a smarter move than repairing it.
Keep an eye on your anode rod. A “sacrificial” anode rod is installed in water heaters to prevent tank corrosion (the rod draws corrosive elements in the water to itself, diverting them away from the steel tank liner). Have your anode rod inspected once every two years during the warranty period, and at least annually once the warranty expires.
Have your water heater professionally inspected annually. Nothing can replace the skilled eyes and experience of a plumbing professional when it comes to spotting water heater problems early. Have a professional check out the shut-off valve and all piping annually; broken valves and loose or wet joints are warning signs that more severe damage is coming.
Replace your water heater proactively. Don’t wait for disaster to replace your water heater. If it’s more than 10 years old and you spot any of the classic water heater warning signs – leaks, rusty water, noises, an increase in water spots on glassware, higher bills, etc. – make the switch. You’ll get better performance, lower bills, and more peace of mind.
Considering a water heater replacement this winter? We can help! We offer COMPLETE water heater installation in Middlesex and Norfolk counties, along with ongoing maintenance service to keep your equipment running reliably year after year. Contact Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling today to learn more about water heater installation and service in MA!