Water Heater InstallationMost people don’t give much thought to their water heaters—until they stop working. That first ice-cold shower can come as quite a shock to the system. At Abner Boiler & Heating Company, we think it’s important for homeowners to understand what a water heater does and how it can best be maintained so that you can do your best to avoid emergency situations. Here’s what you need to know.

1. Water heaters serve various functions.

The most obvious place you’ll notice a lack of hot water is when you go to take a shower or wash dishes in the sink. However, your home’s water heater likely also serves a variety of appliances and functions within your home, including the washing machines, dishwasher, and maybe even your home heating. Many people don’t realize just how dependent they are on a water heater.

2. Not all water heaters are alike.

You can find a wide range of water heater types out there. From tankless units to a conventional storage water heater, each one comes with its perks and disadvantages. If you are in the market for a new one, we recommend that you talk with one of our team members to help you assess which one is right for your home and your wallet.

3. Each water heater has a life expectancy.

Did you know that when you purchase a new water heater that it comes with a manufacturer’s expected life expectancy? According to most professionals, most water heaters are expected to last between 5 and 10 years. However, you will want to check your manual or consult with one of our team members to determine how much life it likely has left.

4. Maintenance can keep your water heater going longer.

To extend the life of your water heater, it’s best to have it regularly maintained by a professional. Experts note that with proper maintenance, you could add an extra 5 to 10 years to your system’s life. To find out more about water heaters or to schedule maintenance or repairs, contact Abner Boiler of Fitchburg, WI, today at (608) 274-3077. We serve residents in and around Madison, Waunakee, Sun Prairie, Stoughton, and the surrounding areas.   photo credit: Brian Cantoni via flickr license