The holiday season is upon us. A time of joy, laughter, giving and family. It’s also, in Colorado at least, a time for freezing weather. A time for hot cocoa, blankets, and running the fireplace. Ahh, doesn’t that sound lovely?
Now, picture this. Your alarm goes off and you’re warm and cozy in bed. The only reason you force yourself out of your toasty blankets and into the cold bedroom is because you know you’re about to step into a nice, hot shower. You will slowly wake up as the steamy water warms you.
To your horror, when you turn on the water, it’s not getting warm. You adjust the knobs... nothing. You give it some time, thinking it will warm up eventually… nothing. You check other faucets just to be sure… nothing. No hot water anywhere!
Sounds pretty horrible, right? Not the best way to start any day, especially a day with below zero temperatures.
All water heaters have some sort of life span. For gas water heaters, the average lifespan is 8 to 12 years (how old is your water heater?). Of course, you will have to replace your water heater at some point, but why be caught off guard?
The average new hot water heater and installation can range from $1600 to $6,000 (depending on size, efficiency, type, etc.). Do you have that money handy on a moment’s notice? Wouldn’t it be nice to have some time to plan for an expense of this nature?
There are a few questions you can ask yourself to figure out if your water heater may be close to the end of its life.
1. Have you noticed any rusty appearance in your water?
2. Have you noticed a metallic tasting hot water?
3. Have you noticed more noises than usual coming from your water heater (cracks and pops)?
4. Have you noticed water around your water heater?
5. Have you noticed it takes a long time for your water to get hot and runs out quickly?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be in need of a new water heater in the new future. How do you find out for sure? Get a water heater inspection by a trained professional. This not only will help you plan ahead for replacement, but will also help extend the life of your water heater!
Even if you answered no to all of these questions, professionals recommend getting a water heater inspection annually. Keep up on you yearly water heater inspections so you don’t have a day without hot water.
If you find yourself in the scenario above, you need a plumber, and fast! Help is available! At Tallon Services, “we make it personal”. That means we know that you can’t go without hot water, so we will get out there, quick!