Choosing Better Plumbing Fixtures

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Choosing Better Plumbing Fixtures

I have never been the kind of person that loves to decorate their home, but when we started planning our first new home build, I got kind of into the process. I decided to choose high-end fixtures that would really set our home apart, and the difference was astounding. It was amazing to see how much nicer the plumbing fixtures operated, and how enjoyable it was to use them. This blog is all about choosing better plumbing fixtures and understanding how to install them on your own. You never know, you might uncover a new skill that will really benefit you in the future.

Three Water Heater Malfunctions That Indicate You'll Probably Need A Replacement

Replacing your water heater probably isn't at the top of your list of favorite activities, but it has to be done sometime. If you're experiencing serious trouble with your water heater, it can be difficult to decide whether it's worth keeping it around and repairing it again or whether you should just cut your losses and start over. Your repairman can offer you expert advice on whether the water heater needs replacing or not, but sometimes there are gray areas and ultimately the decision is up to you anyway. Here are three types of malfunction that may indicate that your water heater has reached the end of its working lifespan.

1. A malfunction that will cost nearly as much to fix as to buy a new water heater

If your water heater replacement estimate isn't all that much higher than the cost to buy replacement parts and labor to repair your current water heater, the financially sound thing to do is to simply put the money you would have used for repairs towards the replacement instead. This is especially true if your water heater is getting old and the repair isn't expected to buy you much time anyway. 

2. A malfunction involving a leak in the water heater itself

If your water heater corrodes heavily enough that a hole appears in the side of the tank, replacement parts and mechanical work won't be up to the task of fixing it. In this scenario, you'll have to reconcile yourself to saying goodbye to your old water heater. If it hasn't started to leak yet but is quite rusty, it's well on its way there and you should probably start saving up for a replacement.

3. A malfunctioning drain valve that's permanently clogged

Flushing your water heater out each year, which is a recommended way to keep sediment from building up inside it, can also help keep the drain valve clear. If the drain valve somehow clogs shut, consult with your repairman about how this will affect your water heater's viability. It may mean that you'll need to replace soon.

Keep an eye out for these signs when you're considering whether to replace your water heater. And remember, although a water heater isn't generally expected to last past fifteen years or so, that doesn't mean you should automatically replace a fifteen-year-old water heater if it doesn't show any of these signs of quitting. For more information, contact a water heater replacement specialist, like one at Do It Right Plumbing.