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The Value of Water Heater Maintenance

How many things do you own that last forever?  While there’s probably a good number of them, especially family heirlooms, your plumbing is not on that list.  All plumbing is mechanical, and all mechanical objects eventually wear out.

That goes for your water heater, too.  But here’s the thing: it can outlast its average equipment lifespan with regular maintenance.  Not just to ensure smooth operation, but to enhance the safety of your home and family.

Health & Safety Matters

During a Swan’s water heater inspection, we pay special attention to these safety concerns:

  • Potential for Burns – Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to scalding. While Australian law requires a minimum water heater temperature of 70 degrees Celsius, we recommend that you don’t set it any higher.
  • Carbon Monoxide Leaks – A leading cause of accidental poisoning is carbon monoxide leakage which can come from your gas water heater. We can spot existing and potential leaks and repair them before damage is done.
  • Natural Gas Leaks – Natural gas has a rotten egg smell which aids in prompt detection and evacuation. Our goal is to prevent gas leaks for both health and safety reasons.

On the performance side of the equation, our water heater inspections also include these steps:

  • Visually inspect the water heater for leaks, rust or other problems
  • Check water emergency shut-off valve
  • Check anode rod to extend the life of the water heater
  • Check burner, venting and air flow for good combustion
  • Check for water leaks, a clear sign of internal tank corrosion

Has it been a year or longer since your water heater was last inspected by a trained professional? If so, we urge you to contact Swan’s Complete Plumbing today.  We’re the one source for all your home plumbing needs.