Vince’s vacation bliss lasted almost 10 minutes after he returned home. Then he went downstairs and discovered his basement soaking in two inches of water from a water heater leak. The bill for fixing carpet, drywall and a pool table? Over $20,000. His appliance had sent early warning signals: rumbling sounds, moisture around the unit and a few instances of rusty water from faucets. But like many homeowners, he just ignored them.
Vince needed a new water heater, but a few simple maintenance steps through the years might have prevented his costly welcome-home flood. Routine maintenance is always recommended for water heaters: it increases appliance efficiency and longevity while lowering the cost of operation. Routine maintenance also flags brewing problems before they cause property damage.
Five simple steps – whether performed by a handy homeowner or Service America – keep these devices healthier:
Finally, consider the water heater’s age. New units are so much more efficient that they often pay for themselves in a year or two. Call before 1 p.m. and Service America installs a safe, efficient water heater with free removal of the old unit that same day.