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Maryville, IL Plumbing: FAQ about water heaters

The Need-To-Knows About Water Heaters

Many of us rarely consider the condition of our water heaters until they break down when we need them the most. However, once it does go out, you’ll realize just how many things you need it for. From cooking and cleaning to bathing, homeowners need access to safe, reliable hot water for a wide range of things. However, give the complicated nature of water heaters, homeowners aren’t always the most knowledgeable when it comes to these appliances. With that in mind, we’ve put together a few frequently asked questions that should provide some great information on some of the most common problems with water heaters.

How long will my water heater last?

The water heater will last between 10 and 15 years, depending on proper maintenance. Properly maintained units will stave off problems better and need fewer repairs over their lifespan, which can add longevity to your system.

Why is there no hot water at my house?

Honestly, there could be quite a few reasons that your home is lacking hot water. However, the two most common problems are that: one, your unit is simply out of water due to usage or, two, that your pilot light is out. There are instructions to relight the pilot light posted on your unit, and if that won’t work, it’s time to call a local professional for inspection and repairs.

Do I need a new water heater?

You may need to replace your water heater due to any number of things that include age, poor maintenance, the cost to repair and more. The general rule is that you should replace your system if it costs more to repair than a replacement would, especially if the unit is getting old. A trained professional can help you make this determination. At Morrison, we never push you into buying a new unit when the one you have can be repaired for a lower cost.

Should I get a tankless water heater?

This is one we get a lot, and it’s complicated. It depends on your home and the needs of those inside your home. Tankless water heaters are wonderful inventions that cut a lot of wastewater. However, if your home is large or you have a lot of people living with you, a conventional water heater may suit your needs even better than a tankless. Furthermore, retrofitting a home for a tankless unit could be pricey, meaning it will be a long time before you recur your investment.

How do I care for a water heater?

Proper water heater maintenance includes flushing the tank and regular inspections and service from a qualified water heater professional. Be sure to contact Morrison for all your water heater installation, repair and maintenance needs!

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