It never fails – you hear of a friend or neighbor who recently had their hot water heater “burst” and it causes you to wonder how you can tell if it’s time to replace or drain your hot water heater.  Weeks turn into months and sure enough, one bright and early morning when a shower is needed, you are welcomed with cold water that will not heat up. It’s time to call your neighborhood Katy plumbing] company!

If properly maintained, most 40-50 gallon hot water heater tanks usually last anywhere from 10-12 years and the most common issue with most is a loss of hot water or a faulty thermostat that leads to tank malfunctions.  Another common issue is that sediment can settle in the bottom of the tank and it needs to be drained. However, if you spot a leak in the water heater, this indicates that it’s time for a new tank and you do not want to delay in calling a plumber.  Inspecting, repairing or replacing your hot water heater is something that is best left to plumbing professionals, such as Katy Plumbing, simply because of having to work with the gas and electricity going into the tank as well as making sure all parts at the bottom of the tank are properly reassembled once repairs are completed.

If a replacement is needed, there are a few options to choose from and consider.  The water heater can be replaced with the “standard” energy efficient water heater that is still the popular option.  However, now is the time to evaluate how much water the family is using daily as it may be time to upgrade to a larger tank to accommodate a larger family.  Another option to think about when replacing is installing a “tankless” water heater. Tankless water heaters save more energy than the traditional ones do because they actually heat the water as you need and use it, instead of storing the heated water in the tank.

If the water heater in your home needs yearly maintenance, repairs or replaced, don’t hesitate to contact Katy Plumbing for your hot water heater needs.  Our professional servicemen will come to your home and inspect your water heater, talk to you about your hot water needs are and get you on a maintenance plan to maintain your current heater or provide options for replacement at an affordable cost.

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