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Our Seasonal Water Heater Check-Up

Water heaters get used regularly, pretty much throughout the year. Hot water is a little more necessary during the wintertime, but we still have plenty of customers who take hot showers and run their dishwashers even during the summer. If that’s your preference, then more power to you!

However, just because you might use a water heater in Milford less often during the summer than you would in the winter, doesn’t mean you can forget about it. This is the same system that you’ll depend on in the coming months when temperatures begin to drop, so make sure you give it the attention it deserves.

Right now is the perfect time to invest in water heater maintenance, since it’s not on most people’s minds and our schedules are open for it. Then, when your water heater is adjusted, maintained, and inspected by a professional, it will be in perfect shape for the future.

Evaluate Your Home Comfort

First of all, think about how comfortable your hot water is. If it’s constantly giving you poor temperature control (like poorly washed laundry or a shower that gets too hot), then it might not be the system for you.

Unfortunately, maintenance can’t really fix this problem. It sounds more likely that you’ll need repairs or even a water heater replacement. But that’s okay!

You’ve got plenty of time to enjoy cool showers before the temperature drops, so why not save up money now and invest in a more expensive replacement that keeps you warm and cozy this winter?

Leaks, Sounds, and Scalding Problems

This is where homeowners need to be extra vigilant. Water heaters can exhibit problems that don’t necessarily go away on their own.

  • Leaks. If you’re noticing any puddles around your water heater, or the signs of a leaking pipe, then you should invest in repairs.
  • Sounds. Loud or uncomfortable sounds can clue you in that your system needs to be fixed, or at least desperately needs maintenance.
  • Scalding. Does your water get incredibly hot all at once and without warning? This is called scalding and it’s a problem that comes with a malfunctioning water heater.

Be sure to call our team and tell us about the problems you’re experiencing.

Think About the Age of the System

Should you get your old water heater maintained? That depends on how old it is. A tank water heater is supposed to last 8-12 years in age, while a tankless system can last up to 20 years, so if your water heater is older than the estimated lifespan, we’d advise skipping maintenance and just investing in a replacement.

Prepare for Winter

Look, you’re probably well aware that in a few months’ time, you’ll be counting on that hot shower to alleviate your stress after work. Temperatures will get cold, no doubt, and it’s going to be important for your water heater to be in excellent shape to handle the increased demand.

Even if you think your water heater is in okay condition, it’s still a good idea to invest in maintenance now so that you know it will be able to handle the months ahead. You’ll be thanking us for this advice when you’re in the middle of the winter!

Schedule water heater maintenance with Landry Mechanical Inc Plumbing HVAC & Electric. We take comfort in YOUR comfort.

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