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How Much Is Your Old Water Heater Costing?


Life is always so busy. There are so many things to focus on that when it comes to your home, it’s usually only the things that demand urgent attention which get your focus. If something is not badly broken or totally failing, you might not even notice more minor problems. Unfortunately, when it comes to home systems and appliances, when you allow minor problems to continue, they often develop into major ones.

Another thing that is hard to focus on in the busy day-to-day rush is how small expenses add up. They might never seem like much in the moment, but if you step back and take a look at the big picture, they might be a big expense altogether. Today, we’d like you to consider your water heater. How is it working? Is it costing you unnecessary money? What should you do about it?

Water Heater Maintenance Lowers Utility Bills

One of the main ways that an older water heater can cost you a lot of money, a little bit at a time, is by driving your utility bills up. The electricity or natural gas you use for heating water can be pretty costly, especially if your family uses a lot of hot water. As your water heater ages, you might find that those costs just keep getting higher.

Water heater maintenance is something that far too many homeowners neglect. Without maintenance, a water heater can develop unnoticed problems. You’ll still have hot showers, but when your water heater is struggling, it will use more energy to get you that hot water. A major contributor is sediment from your water settling to the bottom of your tank. During maintenance, this will be drained and flushed out.

Prompt Attention Keeps Repair Costs Down

If you do notice a problem with your water heater, you should have it repaired as promptly as possible. This can prevent a minor issue from being compounded until you have a very costly repair on your hands. How can you tell when there’s a water heater problem? Obviously, a lack of hot water would be a clear sign, but others might be more subtle.

If you notice discolored water or stains on your fixtures, or if your hot water has an unusual smell to it, you need water heater repair in Levelland, TX. You should also seek help from a plumber if you have inconsistent water temperature or low water pressure, or if you hear any strange sounds coming from your water heater.

A New Water Heater Might Save You Money

At a certain point, it’s time to invest in water heater replacement. These systems usually last 8-12 years, though tankless systems can last quite a bit longer. The main factor in needing to replace a water heater is usually corrosion. While small parts can be replaced if they start to rust, once rust sets in on the tank itself, cracking and significant leakage are inevitable.

If you’ve had your water heater for more than a decade, you might find that today’s water heaters are surprisingly more efficient than the models that were available the last time you researched water heater installation. A new water heater could cut your utility bills. And because a new system rarely requires repair, while an older one is much more likely to have problems, you’ll save money on that as well.

Whether your water heater needs maintenance, repair, or replacement, we’ve got you covered.

JD’s Prompt Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning serves the Lubbock area. Contact us for all your water heater needs.

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