Should I Replace My Water Heater?

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” You’ve heard it a million times, but what does it really mean? Here are two real-life examples that show when and why it’s best to leave things be:

  • You have a perfect pasta sauce recipe that your family raves about as does everyone else you’ve ever served it to. Then one day you wonder what it might taste like with a dash of Rosemary or some other potent spice. Predictably, everyone hates it, perhaps just because it’s different. When you have perfection already solved, move on to something else. 
  • People take great care to plant and maintain shrubbery gardens, you included. You get compliments on yours all the time. But after a while, you think about changing it up vs. digging up a new area of your yard to implement fresh new ideas. And what do you accomplish? Sometimes just added clutter, not beauty.
  • Then there are those times where something may or may not be “broke”. That’s the wrong time to leave well enough alone (there’s one more old saying for good luck). Take your water heater, for example. Leaving it be is precisely the wrong thing to do. You see, just because you haven’t had a recent repair problem doesn’t mean there isn’t one in your near future.

    The answer? Annual preventive maintenance. That enables Plumbtastic to keep your water heater in top working order, perhaps for years longer than its expected lifespan. Along the way, that means fewer and less costly repairs.

    Still, tank-style water heaters have a shelf-life of 12-15 years, so sooner or later yours is going to break in some fashion, and, once again, not fixing it will only make things worse.  

    Prevent Damage to Your Home

    Should your water heater leak, the pooling water can damage floors, walls, furniture or anything else nearby. Water leakage also can facilitate mold and mildew growth, thus putting your family’s respiratory health in jeopardy. Routine maintenance and service can help prevent such issues and add years to your water heater.

    Make an Informed Decision

    Have you added a full bath to your house? Or perhaps your family has grown in physical size and/or number since your current water heater was installed?  If so, you may be lacking all the hot water you need. And if that’s the case, you can fix the problem with a replacement unit.    

    Save on Energy and Repair Bills

    An aging water heater may not only require more frequent repairs, but uses more energy to heat water to the desired temp setting. If you notice your energy bills creeping up for no apparent reason, or you’re making more and more calls for service without anything to show for it, it might be time to fix the problem by kicking your current water heater to the curb. Why? Because, in its own way, it’s broke.

    If you sense that something’s not right with your water heater, we’re just the people to inspect, diagnose, and correct any problems we might uncover – even if that means recommending and installing a new water heater that gives you that peace of mind feeling you’ve been missing.  Contact us today for service.

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