It’s easy to forget that you have to maintain your water heater – until you’re forced to take cold showers. And, when that happens, it’s likely too late to fix. That’s where ARS®/Rescue Rooter® is here to help; it’s important to schedule regular maintenance for your water heater with a trusted plumber. Your water heater will perform better, consume less energy, and last longer.
Damage to the water heater tank often occurs when sediment builds. You may need to drain your tank in order to remove the sediment, and you will want to hire and expert for this task to prevent any problems.
When You Should Call Us
You should call ARS®/Rescue Rooter® immediately if you notice rust or metal in your water heater tank. If this occurs, there may be an anode rod that must be replaced. This rod attracts chemicals in the water and prevents rust from building in the tank liner.
Corroding in the water heater liner could cause the tank to leak. There is a drain pan under the water heater, and if it is too old or installed incorrectly, your home may experience water damage. Floors, walls, or even the ceiling could be harmed, depending on the location of your water heater.
Caution: Turn off the power at your circuit breaker or shut off the gas before making any kind of water heater inspection.
Repair or Replace your Water Heater?
Should you repair or replace your home’s water heater? A good guideline to follow is to never spend more than half the cost of replacing your water heater on a repair. Typically, if a water heater is out of warranty, it should be replaced; the cost savings from a new water heater’s efficiency likely outweighs any repair costs of an old and used water heater.
ARS®/Rescue Rooter® of Chicago plumbers provide water heater repair and replacement services, including high-efficiency and tankless models.
If you believe you have a water heater leak, contact ARS®/Rescue Rooter® of Chicago plumbing specialists by calling 630-438-6900 immediately. We offer 24/7 emergency service for water heater repair and replacement.