Normally, we write about ways to protect your various home systems on this blog. We’re in a more whimsical mood today, though. Since it’s a Monday, and you’re reading a plumbing blog, we figured we’d spice things up a bit by telling you the two best ways to make sure that your water heater lives as short and ineffective a life as possible. In short: DON’T DO THESE THINGS! Let’s get started.
Don’t Schedule Preventive Maintenance Ever
Preventive maintenance is one of the best ways to make sure that your water heater lives a long and healthy life. It gives your technician the opportunity to closely examine the system, finding and resolving issues before they have the opportunity to progress far enough to threaten the system. Consistent maintenance appointments can save you thousands of dollars over the life of the system, and extend that lifespan by years. So, if you want to wreck your water heater as quickly as possible, don’t ever schedule preventive maintenance. Just wait for problems to present themselves in the form of warning signs of various kinds, by which point they will likely be well on their way to damaging your system in some way. Which brings us to our next point.
Ignore Any and All Signs That Your Water Heater is in Trouble
Preventive maintenance is definitely a good thing (unless you’re actively trying to destroy your water heater) but it isn’t able to guarantee that a problem won’t develop. Sooner or later, you’re probably going to have some kind of issue occur even if you do schedule maintenance with regularity. If you’re interested in saving your water heater, you should know which symptoms and behaviors indicate a need for repairs. Things like consistently low output, temperature fluctuations, leaks, or strange noises. If you’re only interested in tanking your water heater as quickly as possible, though? Just ignore it all!
As we mentioned above, water heater issues tend to only manifest clear symptoms if they’ve had a long time to develop and damage the system. So, if you’ve already got some sort of symptoms present that your water heater is experiencing a kind of malfunction, you probably don’t have long to wait before it breaks down completely! Just ignore whatever it is that is giving off hints that maybe all isn’t well with the system, and before you know it you’ll have to install an entirely new system.
Or… you could not do any of those things. You could schedule preventive maintenance on a regular basis, and call for repairs if you feel you need to. It’s actually not difficult or overly expensive, usually, to keep your water heater in good condition. All you need to do is be consistent, and make sure that you’re on top of things.
Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing offers water heater maintenance and repair services in Gaithersburg, MD. If you need help with your water heater, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our professional technicians.