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Plumbers: Back Then, Today, and Tomorrow

When talking about any profession, most people tend to focus on the here and now. That's understandable. it's really important to know what's going on in the present tense. But you are missing out on some vital information if you never read and learn about the history of a profession. This applies to plumbing, in particular. You can really further your understanding of the profession by knowing how it began and what changes have been made over the years. That's why we sometimes reference the history of plumbing on this blog. We'll also dive into the future of the profession from time to time because, after all, you have to know where you're headed.




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3 Circumstances When You Should Consider Water Heater Replacement

by Madison Dean

Most homeowners buy a water heater hoping that it will serve them for several years. However, the heater can prematurely break down due to accidents or poor maintenance. If the unit is damaged beyond repair or is old and worn out, you may need to replace it. You can also replace the heater if you want a more modern and efficient unit. Before buying a new water heater, you should engage a professional to determine if you really need a replacement and which new model best suits your needs. Here are three circumstances when you should consider water heater replacement:

Your Current Heater Is Old and Worn Out

If you've had your current water heater for more than a decade, it's likely worn out and nearing the end of its life span. You may have postponed its replacement by repairing the unit in the past, but with age comes decreased efficiency and higher energy bills. If your current unit is old and constantly needs repair, it could be cheaper to replace it than to repair it. You should contact a professional plumber to inspect your unit and determine whether it's due for replacement.

You Have a Malfunctioning Unit

A water heater can break down prematurely due to accidents or poor maintenance. For instance, an accident like an electrical fire can damage your unit beyond repair. If your current unit is malfunctioning or heavily damaged, it's important to consider a replacement. Many homeowners put off replacing a water heater until it completely dies; this isn't always the best course of action. If your current water heater is malfunctioning, you may want to replace it sooner to avoid dealing with emergency repairs, unexpected breakdowns, or high energy bills. It's important to contact a professional to help you determine if the problem can be fixed or if you need a new water heater.

You Want to Upgrade to a Modern Water Heater

Rapid technology growth in the plumbing industry has allowed the innovation of better water heating systems with unique and sophisticated features. Some of the unique features include programmable thermostats, wireless connections to your phone, auto water shut-off valves, energy-use tracking systems, and leak detection systems. If your current water heater doesn't have these features, you may want to consider a replacement to enjoy the features of modern smart water heaters.

Most homeowners are not sure when to replace their current water heating systems. If your current unit is old and worn out or malfunctioning, you should consult a professional plumber to determine if the unit is due for replacement. A professional has a vast knowledge of modern water heating systems; they can recommend a suitable replacement that matches your needs. They will also help you install the new unit so it can work efficiently for many years. If you are planning to replace your current water heater, contact a professional today to help you through the replacement process.