To keep your water heater running well, the experts recommend a good maintenance program.
Angie Hicks of Angie's List says, "An easy maintenance tip for your water heater to ensure its best efficiency is to drain a quart of water from the water heater once every three months. This will help to reduce sediment from building up in your water heater and make sure they are getting maximum capacity out of your water heater."
But how do you know if replacing or repairing your water heater is the answer? Experts say it could be as simple as a number.
Mark Weilhammer is a Plumbing contractor. He said, "Anything more than about 8 or 9 about 10 years is a good life, after that you are going to start hearing it rumbling and carrying on and most people never maintain, they just put them in they sit for ten years, trouble free for 10 years and all of a sudden they start leaking and occasionally you'll have one really cause you some grief."
Water heaters represent about 15% of your utility bills each month. So it's important to evaluate the current options on the market today. Traditional storage units or tank-less water heaters. Even though it cost about twice as much, homeowner Bruce Flanagan went the tank-less route.
Flanagan explained, "When the kids and grandkids are here, we can have 5 or 6 people take a shower right in a row, and the water stays as warm at the end of the last shower as it is the first."