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Your water heater is an appliance you may not think about very much. However, if something goes wrong with it, you’ll know right away. Not being able to take a hot shower or wash your dishes is a major inconvenience. If your water heater breaks down, you need to call a licensed and experienced plumber as soon as possible for water heater repairs.

Problems With Water Heaters

There are a variety of problems and symptoms that affect water heaters. The most obvious symptom is the lack of hot water. In some cases, the heater doesn’t stop working completely but you notice diminished performance. It takes longer and longer for the water to get hot. If you have a gas water heater, you may have problems lighting the pilot light. Parts such as the valve, heating element or thermostat may malfunction. You may also notice strange sounds coming from your water heater, such as knocking noises. Another symptom that suggests you need water heater repair is water on the ground near the heater. Leaks are often one of the first signs of a problem.

The Importance of Maintaining Your Water Heater

Hot water is something people in developed countries take for granted. The fact is, it takes fairly sophisticated technology to deliver this convenience to you on a daily basis. In addition to delivering your hot water reliably, you also want your water heater to perform efficiently. This makes a big difference in your utility bills. A new, energy efficient water heater not only works better than an older one, it saves you money.
To avoid the discomfort of hot water breakdowns, it’s best to have your water heater maintained regularly. A reliable plumber will notice problems such as leaks, corrosion and sediment buildup before they cause the device to malfunction. Like many advanced appliances, water heaters require a certain amount of attention to perform at their best.

Having your water heater flushed periodically is a good way to keep it running smoothly. Sediment tends to accumulate at the bottom of heaters over time, which makes is more difficult to produce the hot water you count on. Regular maintenance will help the unit perform more efficiently, save you money and let you enjoy a steady supply of hot water. Most water heaters perform best when they are flushed every six months or at least once per year.

Water Heater Repairs vs Replacement

If you’re having issues with your water heater, you may wonder if the best option is to have it repaired or is you need an entire water heater replacement. This depends on several factors, including the age of the unit, how costly the repairs are going to be and your budget. The average lifespan of a water heater is about 10 years. If your unit is much older than this, it’s worthwhile to think about replacing it. The good news is that newer water heaters are more energy efficient and longer-lasting than older ones. So, if you do replace it, you can expect the new one to last for a long time.


Call the Marlin Team at 602-470-1040 when you need hot water repair or replacement – We’re here for you 7 days a week.