by Tropical Plumbing Heating & Air | Mar 27, 2020

Did you know that water heaters are one of the more self-sufficient systems in an average home? Yep, it’s true! As a result, most people don’t pay much attention to them… until, of course, they stop working.We rely on our water heaters every day for everything from bathing to washing our clothes. But neglecting your water heater for a long time will eventually cause it to breakdown. So, wouldn’t it make sense to check up on it from time to time? For sure!

Generally, water heaters don’t need a lot of maintenance. However, there are several things you can do to keep them in good working order. It is important that you are regularly checking for leaks and flushing the whole system at least twice a year. You’ll also want to note things such as the water not getting as hot as before or any unusual noises when the water is heating.

You will likely end up saving more money in the long run if you take routine maintenance seriously. This is true whether you own a traditional heater with a storage tank or a tankless water heater. Here are the 3 main money-saving benefits of water heater maintenance.

Increased Lifespan

No water heater will last forever. Most of them have a lifespan between 8 and 12 years. Taking good care of your heater makes it statistically more likely to live longer than a heater that’s ignored in the basement until it breaks down. With proper maintenance, you can ensure that you’ll get all that you can out of your heater before you need to replace it.

Fewer Repairs

Any plumber will tell you, the easiest way to avoid a visit from them is to keep up with maintenance yourself. Doing so will help you detect minor issues and repair them before they grow out of control. The average cost of water heater repairs is close to $500, so you’ll want to take a proactive approach to any problems with your heater.

Lower Energy Bills

Water heaters use a lot of energy, especially if it has a storage tank. Take a look at your energy bill, is it higher than normal? If so, your water heater may not be working efficiently. Some maintenance will make sure your heater goes back to maximum efficiency.