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A Neglected Water Heater Vs. a Maintained Water Heater

This blog is going to serve as a bit of a comparison. We know that it’s hard to find a water heater that’s been completely neglected, since most people at least invest in maintenance or repairs once or twice in the system’s lifespan. But there’s a big difference between a water heater that’s been maintained on a regular, yearly basis and one that hasn’t.

Unfortunately, we see it pretty often that a water heater provides valuable hot water day in and day out, but eventually breaks down to the surprise of a whole family. What gives?

Well, water heaters can exhibit some problems before giving out, but many of those are related to the fact that water heater maintenance in Covington, KY is one of the most important services that can be done to stop it from leaking, breaking, running inefficiently, or corroding. Let’s talk about how you can help your water heater today.

The Neglected Water Heater

A neglected water heater will show wear and tear at a much faster pace than one that’s been well-maintained. For instance, you might detect leaks every once in a while, since the water could be corroding parts of the pipes and weakening the lining. Or, the anode rod of a storage-tank water heater could be worn down due to corrosion, and the tank itself is starting to wear down.

The most important thing we want to get across to homeowners that might have a water heater that’s been left alone for years is that many different types of problems can come about. Leaks, corrosion, sediment buildup, and even poor temperature control can all be side-effects of skipped maintenance. And, the worst part of all of this is that you might not see it coming!

The Well-Maintained Water Heater

A well-maintained water heater is going to work as intended. That means it’s going to provide hot water when you need it, it’s not going to charge you too much to heat the water, and it’s going to only show signs of wear and tear minimally. You’re still likely to encounter repair needs over the 10-12 year lifespan of a tank water heater system, but you’re statistically less likely to encounter more repairs when the system is well-maintained.

Main Takeaways

Here are three main reasons to invest in water heater maintenance today. Let’s keep things simple, you can expect to achieve all three of the following results with just a professional inspecting and adjusting the system year after year.

  • An extended lifespan. A tank water heater will really only last the entirety of its lifespan if it undergoes routine maintenance.
  • Better performance. You can expect your tank water heater to keep the water in your home hot and safe with maintenance every year. Better performance means a more convenient life!
  • Fewer leaks and repair needs. You can expect to have fewer leaks and repair needs over the course of a system’s lifespan if it has undergone maintenance.

Ready to start maintenance? Contact Ken Neyer Plumbing, Inc. to schedule an appointment and to have a professional inspect your water heater system.

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