If you are a homeowner, you know that appliance repair or replacement can get very expensive. And strangely enough, they usually decide to stop working at the worst possible times. One such appliance is the Water Heater! It’s pretty important to have a working water heater. Nobody likes a cold shower! Water heaters are also one of the messiest breakdowns possible. They usually leak and flood areas ruining flooring, walls, and more.
The average age of a water heater is about 10-12 years. If you are in the desert, like we are here in Las Vegas, it will be closer to 10 years, as the dry climate and hard water takes a toll on the appliance. There are preventative maintenance steps you can take to extend the life of your water heater. One is to regularly check the appliance for leaks, cracks, or questionable corrosion. It is also recommended to drain your water heater once a year to clear out the sediments and extend its life. Here are the steps from our friends at Instructables.com on how to safely drain your water heater: WATER HEATER DRAINING.
Often times you won’t know there is something wrong until its too late. You discover a large puddle surrounding your water heater and usually at that point a problem is apparent. It’s probably time to replace your water heater. If it’s been close to the 10-12 year mark you can pretty much guess that it is time. If it is much newer than that, you may want to have a licensed professional come out and assess the damage and needed repairs. If replacement is necessary, be sure that you follow step-by-step instructions found on many online sites or contact a local Las Vegas plumber to get the job done quickly and efficiently, with the added peace of mind that it is done right.
So take the time right now to go and check out your water heater. Visually inspect for any leaks, cracks or anything that doesn’t look right. If anything looks not-right, give JMAC Plumbing & Air Conditioning a call to assess the situation before something major happens.
JMAC Plumbing & Air Conditioning
Las Vegas, Nevada