Hot water heaters are one of those household appliances you don’t really think about until something goes wrong. And when something does go awry, it can be a major headache. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions out there about hot water heaters that can make matters worse. Luckily, our Lindstrom plumbers will clear the air.
Myth #1: Turning up the temperature on your hot water heater will give you hotter water.
This is a common misconception that could be dangerous. Your hot water heater is designed to maintain a certain temperature for safety reasons. Turning up the heat could cause scalding hot water to come out of your taps, which could lead to burns. Additionally, turning up the heat could put more stress on your hot water heater, causing it to wear out faster. The temperature of your water is also determined by other factors, including the distance from the heater to your faucet and even the time of day.
Myth #2: You need to drain your hot water heater regularly.
It’s true that sediment can build up in your hot water heater, such that maintenance on this appliance is necessary. While draining and refilling the tank is recommended, doing so too often could actually do more harm than good. The best way to prevent sediment buildup is to invest in a water softener or sediment filter. If you do need to drain your hot water heater, it’s best to hire a Lindstrom plumber to do it, as it can be a tricky process.
Myth #3: Tankless hot water heaters are always more efficient than traditional hot water heaters.
Tankless hot water heaters do have tons of advantages over traditional hot water heaters, such as being space-saving and longer-lasting. However, they may not always be more efficient for your family. Tankless hot water heaters heat water on demand, whereas a traditional hot water heater heats and stores water in a tank. Depending on your household’s hot water usage, a traditional hot water heater may be more efficient. It’s important to consult with a professional plumber to determine which type of hot water heater is best for your needs.
Myth #4: You can easily repair a hot water heater yourself.
While it may be tempting to try to fix your hot water heater yourself to save money, it’s almost always best to leave it to the professionals. Hot water heaters are complex appliances that require specialized knowledge and tools to repair. Attempting a DIY repair could result in further damage to your hot water heater and potentially even put your safety at risk. Just call in the experts at Lindstrom, and we’ll ensure the job is done right.
Myth #5: You only need to replace your hot water heater when it breaks down.
Just like any other appliance, hot water heaters have a lifespan. Generally, traditional hot water heaters last around 10-15 years, while tankless hot water heaters can last up to 20 years. Even if your hot water heater appears to be working fine, it may be time to consider a replacement if it’s nearing the end of its lifespan. Replacing your hot water heater before it breaks down can save you time and money in the long run, as well as provide you with the peace of mind of knowing you won’t be left without hot water unexpectedly.
There you have it – some of the most common myths about hot water heaters, busted by a Lindstrom plumber. By understanding the truth behind these misconceptions, you can be better equipped to take care of your hot water heater and avoid common problems. If you have any doubts or concerns about your hot water heater, or are ready for an upgrade, call us at (800) 813-1824 today!