Water heaters work tirelessly behind the scenes to provide us with a steady supply of hot water for showering, bathing, dishwashing, laundry, and a variety of other household tasks. And like any major appliance or home comfort system, they require regular maintenance to continue to function safely, effectively, and efficiently for years to come.

Read on as we discuss the importance of water heater inspection, how often they should be performed, and what you can expect during your appointment.

The Benefits of a Water Heater Inspection

There are many benefits associated with a water heater performance and safety inspection, including:

  • Increased Safety: During an inspection, a plumber can identify potential safety hazards, such as gas leaks and damaged electrical components, helping to reduce the risk of accidents and fires.
  • Greater Efficiency: Regular maintenance can detect problems that may be affecting your water heater’s efficiency, such as sediment buildup or a malfunctioning thermostat. Left unchecked, your water heater is forced to work harder, spiking your utility bills.
  • Longer Lifespan: The average age of a tank-style water heater is between 8 and 12 years, but regular maintenance can easily extend its expected lifespan. In fact, a water heater that goes ignored year after year has a higher chance of premature failure than one that is properly maintained.
  • Fewer Repairs: Left unattended, water heater problems can escalate quickly, resulting in costly repairs down the road. A water heater inspection can catch potential problems in their early stages, allowing for necessary repairs before they become major, costly issues.

How Often Should a Water Heater Be Inspected?

The frequency of water heater inspections depends on several factors such as the age of the appliance, type, and usage. As a general rule, it’s recommended to have your water heater inspected at least once a year by a professional plumber. However, if you notice any signs of a problem, such as inconsistent water temperature, discolored water, or unusual noises, you should schedule an inspection sooner.

What to Expect During an Inspection

Here are some of the tasks you can expect a professional plumber to perform during a water heater inspection:

  • Check for signs of corrosion, leaks, or damage to the exterior of the water heater.
  • Test the thermostat and heating elements to ensure they’re functioning correctly and maintaining the proper water temperature.
  • Test the pressure relief valve to ensure that it prevents the buildup of excessive pressure within the water heater.
  • Inspect the anode rod and replace if necessary.
  • Flush the tank (if needed) to remove any sediment buildup.
  • Inspect and tighten any loose gas or electrical connections, and more.

As you can see, water heater inspections are a crucial part of maintaining a safe, efficient, and long-lasting supply of hot water. And who better to perform this important service than the experts at P.C. Plumbing, Heating, AC & Remodeling. If you can’t remember the last time your water heater was inspected, call us today and make water heater inspections a part of your routine home maintenance plan.