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    Your hot water heater is something you likely don’t think much about until something goes wrong. Just one cold shower will send you searching for answers. In this post we’ll discuss some steps you can take to ensure your water heater enjoys a long, full life – and when to know it’s time for a replacement.

    WHEN TO CALL A PLUMBER

    The most obvious problem is when you have no hot water. If you’re not getting hot water from any faucets, it’s definitely time to call a plumber.

    If no hot water is the worst of the worst, then limited hot water is next in line. Let’s say the shower is hot when you get in, but a minute or two later it turns lukewarm, then downright cold! This is a likely sign that your hot water heater needs to be serviced. It’s possible that a thorough cleaning could do the job, or you may need a new tank altogether.

    Is your tank leaking? If so, it should get checked out right away. The area around the tank should be completely dry. Even a small leak can quickly lead to major damage.

    If your home is powered by gas (either natural gas or propane), you need to make sure the pilot light stays on in order to heat the water! If your pilot light keeps shutting off, get it checked out!

    Let’s say you don’t have any of these issues per se, or maybe they’re infrequent or minor. If your hot water heater is more than 10 years old, it’s still a good idea to consider getting a new one. A decade-old water heater may well be on its last legs.

    Maybe you’re just ready for an upgrade. Tankless water heaters are a common solution for those who want unlimited hot water. You’ll also save money on your power bill because you won’t use energy keeping the water in the tank constantly warm. The Bosworth Company is proud to offer Noritz Tankless Water Heaters, which come in a variety of models, including some that can be managed straight from your cell phone.

    WORTH THE CALL

    Any of the above reasons could be why you call the experienced plumbers at The Bosworth Company for assistance with your water heater. Maybe you’re not having any issues, and don’t need a replacement – but you are due for some maintenance. We can help there too, with services like flushing your tank or replacing parts. Make an appointment online or call us today at 830-428-3764.