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’Tis The Season for Failing Water Heaters


Fall is an exciting time of year. Cooler temps and holiday celebrations are finally here. However, it’s also the ideal time to get your water heater checked and, if necessary, replaced. The reason more heaters fail in the fall is that the incoming water temperature is cooler, and sometimes older tanks are unable to handle the contractions that cold water causes. Maintaining or replacing a water heater doesn’t sound like much fun, but it’s better than having it spring a leak and cause major property damage.

Consider the following:

How Old is Your Tank? – The average gas water heater lasts between 8 and 12 years. Anything past that and you’re pressing your luck. Zurn recommends replacing it once you hit 10 years. If you don’t know the age of your water heater, locate the serial number and go to the manufacturer’s website. You can usually plug in your serial number and find out its warranty status and manufacturer date.

Do You See Any Rust? – If you see any rust on the jacket of the water heater or notice corrosion on the connections to the piping on the top, those are sure signs that failure isn’t too far down the road. Contact us immediately and let us take a look before you’re dealing with a huge and expensive mess.

We appreciate you checking out our blog and hope that you found the information helpful. If you are interested in having us take a look at your water heater or install a new one, please give us a shout. If you’d like to schedule an appointment right now, fill out our online contact form.