Signs Your Water Heater Needs Attention

water heaterNot much thought usually goes into your water heater until it seems that you don’t have hot water like you should. You should be able to go a number of years without any issues with your water heater, but here are a few of the questions that come up as your equipment ages.

How long should my water heater last?

Your typical tanked water heater should last about 8-12 years. There are a few different factors that come into play with the lifespan of your water heater such as the quality of water in your home and how often maintenance is performed on your tanked water heater.

How hot should my water be?

Generally, 120 degrees is hot enough for most residential homes. Older water heaters may not allow you to set to a specific temperature but a medium setting should suffice.

How do I prevent hot water from running out as fast?

The best way to conserve hot water in the home is to use low-flow fixtures such as showerheads and faucets, reduce hot water usage during showers, and to wash laundry in cold water.

Why does my hot water smell bad?

Different chemicals and minerals in your water can react with the metals inside of your tank, specifically the anode rod, which creates the sulfuric ‘rotten egg’ smell. The smell should be fairly faint but you should make an appointment to have a plumber check your water heater.

For all of your water heater repair, replacement, and servicing needs, give us a call at 785-341-4193 and let us keep your home’s water heater in tip-top shape!

De Hart Plumbing Heating and Cooling, serving Manhattan Kansas, Junction City Kansas, Wamego Kansas, Topeka Kansas, and some surrounding areas

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