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Can You Rely on Your Water Heater?

Most people don’t give their water heaters much thought on a regular basis. However, as many of us already know, it becomes of the utmost importance when we turn on the shower and ice cold water is delivered. When a water heater malfunctions or stops working altogether, it can be a source of instant panic. Can you rely on your water heater? What are the telltale signs that a water heater may be on its way out?

One of the first questions you need to ask yourself is, “how old is my water heater?” As much as we’d like them too, these appliances (like all others) just don’t last forever. Age is the biggest factor in determining performance. A gas unit will last an average of 11 years, and an electric one will last about 13 years (there are other factors that influence lifespan as well). If your unit is pushing the upper age limit, that may be your first clue to start shopping for a new unit.

It happens to every unit – debris, water scale, and rust collect and build up at the bottom of the tank. If you start to see rust-colored water or rust stains in your tub or sinks, you’ll want to call your licensed plumbing expert from Masters to determine whether you can just have the heater flushed or you’ll need to replace it.

BIG CHANGES are coming to water heater efficiencies beginning April 2015. Be sure to contact the experts at Masters Heating & Cooling to find out what changes will affect you and your home next year if your water heater needs replaced.

Masters Heating & Cooling is here 24/7 to handle all your heating, cooling and water heater needs. We service all major brands and models. Contact us by filling out our brief contact form or give us a call today and we can help you with a water heater you can rely on!

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