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Graeme Wills Top Water Heater Problems—How You Can Avoid Them
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Almost every home is fitted with a water heater. This provides luxurious warm water for your showers, washing your hands, or even cleaning your clothes and dishes. Water heaters are rated to last upwards of 10 to 15 years. In most cases, people don't have that many problems within that time. It isn't until water heaters get older that they start having trouble. You can expect after ten years these appliances will act up. The good news is that most water heater repairs aren't as difficult as you may have once thought. In fact, water heater repair can range from quite simple to moderate, so you might as well replace the whole entire unit.

The good news about water heaters is that they aren't as expensive as you might think. Browsing online, you may find that water heaters are roughly $500. This will depend on the type of unit you have and the water storage capacity you're looking for. If you want a tankless water heater, this could be more expensive. But in most cases, water heaters can be repaired, especially if they are that old. Let's take a look at some of the common issues and how you can avoid them.
 

Heating Element Failure

Tank water heaters use a heating element to heat up the water. There are typically two heating elements per unit, one at the top and one at the bottom. One of the heating elements will keep water hot, and the other will heat water as it enters. When one of these goes out, it can be somewhat easy to diagnose. If you have scalding hot water but no warm water, your heating element that maintains the temperature is likely out.

 
Clogged Tank

Do you live in a place that has hard water? Hard water is the devil when it comes to water heater tanks. Calcium and magnesium will build up inside your water heater tank and quickly cause problems, including clocks. When there's a huge settlement build-up, your water heater won't be able to perform its necessary functions of heating the water. You may also lose the capacity you once had because you can't store as much hot water. This is because the buildup is taking up the bulk of the tank. To remedy this situation, you can clean out your tank or contact your plumber to do so.

 
Bad Thermostat

A bad thermostat happens quite frequently, but it is an easy fix. It simply requires replacing your old one with a new one.
Have you noticed any of the above problems with your water heater? If so, it could signal an ongoing problem and one you’ll need to contact a plumber for. With professional Newtown square water heater repair, any issue, whether it be a clogged tank, broken heating element, or a valve issue, can be resolved.


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