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5 Tips for Fixing a Water Heater

Water heaters can be complicated, but it’s a necessary complication for us to live our modern lives. Without a water heater, it would be impossible for us to have hot showers at the end of a hard day, quickly cleaned dishes, and even water to wash our hands. We depend on hot water for a lot of necessities, so it’s only fair that we pay it forward when we need water heater repairs.

The truth is that a water heater requires professional support in most cases. There are just too few repairs that a customer can do on their own without breaking something, which means that we’re better off just telling you to call for repairs. But our advice doesn’t have to stop there!

If you’re in need of water heater repair in Peyton, CO, there’s still plenty you can do to prepare for the appointment and evaluate your water heater’s future. Just follow along with our five tips so you can be better off in the long run.

1. Evaluate How Old the System Is

A water heater isn’t designed to last forever. In fact, after 8-12 years, most tank water heaters have reached the ends of their average lifespans and should be replaced. If you’ve got a tank water heater that’s this old, we’d recommend getting it replaced instead of repaired.

But you don’t need to jump to conclusions. Let a professional take a look at it and give you their honest opinion. They might think the system has a few good years left in it, or they’ll advise you to get it replaced. Regardless, you should trust the judgement of a licensed pro.

2. Check Your Budget

Water heater repairs can be more affordable than replacement, but if you’ve got an old system, that replacement is likely coming in a couple years or less. It’s important to check your finances ahead of time to know what you can afford now and what you will be able to afford in the future.

For instance, replacing your water heater might be a good goal to set for next year, but it just might not be doable this year. Repairs can do just fine in the meantime.

3. Think About an Upgrade

Some people are frustrated with their tank water heaters just because of how they work. This is totally normal! Tankless water heaters exist for this exact reason.

Tankless water heaters superheat the water as it enters your home, either with a gas burner or an electric coil. This gives you instant access to nearly unlimited hot water that’s efficient and doesn’t require a tank. If you’d like to upgrade to this kind of system, we can help you make the transition.

4. Look for Rust

Rust is a bad sign and usually signifies a system that needs replacing. Just keep your eyes peeled for that reddish-brown color that we’re all too familiar with.

5. Check for Leaks

Leaks can also be a sign of structural failure or corrosion within your water heater. Take a walk around your water heater and your home, and take pictures if you detect a water leak. This is going to be important for your professional technician when they arrive for repairs.

Don’t hesitate to contact SoCo Heating and Cooling for your water heater repairs. So Cool. So Cozy.

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