Your water heater provides you with access to hot water whenever you need it. But what would happen if you didn’t have a water heater? You’d have to manually preheat your water on the stove whenever you needed to wash dishes or clothes. However, when your water heater starts working too hard because it’s old, it can lead to problems that may require an expert opinion. In this article, our expert plumbers at Upper Arlington Plumbing & Drain will help you better understand common water heater complications and how to stop them from happening.  

Do You Have Fluctuating Temperatures In Your Water? 

We know it is frustrating when your water is too hot, too cold, or warm but not hot enough. Fluctuating temperatures can be the result of a lack of power, a defective thermostat, an undersized water heater, or a faulty heating element. There are several things you could try before calling a professional. First, we suggest checking the thermostat to ensure it is at the recommended 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Higher than that can cause burns and waste of energy. Second, you should try resetting any blown fuses or tripped breakers to ensure your unit is getting power. Last, if neither of these solves your problem, we recommend calling a professional.  

Does Your Water Heater Leak? 

Frequent leaks coming from your water heater are a sign that it is too old or poorly maintained. Modern water heaters don’t usually need a whole lot of maintenance, but there are things you can do to extend the life expectancy of your unit. Did you know that sediment from your water can collect in your water heater’s tank? Because of this, you will want to drain the water from your unit at least twice a year to keep this from happening. If you’re comfortable enough, you can test the pressure relief valve. You can do this by lifting the valve’s handle and letting it snap back, releasing a burst of water into the overflow drainpipe. If neither of these options works, it may be time to call in the professionals at Upper Arlington Plumbing & Drain.  

Do I Need A New Water Heater? 

Water heaters typically last for about 8 to 12 years. The life expectancy may vary based on the location and design of the unit, quality of installation, maintenance schedule, and the quality of your water. If your water heater is more than 10 years old, works erratically, and shows signs of leakage, it’s probably time to replace it with a newer, more efficient model. 

Your water heater simplifies your hectic life, and we know how important that is nowadays. Understanding that you want your water heater functioning is what we do! Call Upper Arlington Plumbing & Drain for reliable service at (614) 363-1924, or schedule an appointment by clicking here!