When you need to replace your water heater, call the water heater experts at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.
While you and a friend were biking along the Suncoast Trail yesterday, she told you one of the homeowner horror stories: Her water heater had rusted out and water had gone everywhere. Not only did she have to replace the water heater, but she had a massive cleanup on her hands. The problem was caused by age. Her water heater was simply too old and age had taken its toll in the form of a rusted tank.
The story made you wonder about your own water heater. You’re not sure how old it is and, even if you knew, what is “old” for a water heater?
Well, according to Angie’s List, 10 years old is the time to start worrying.
“Generally, most water heaters that are more than 10 years old should be considered for replacement. If your water heater is in a location that will not cause damage if there is a leak, you can wait until it develops a leak before replacing it, but that really is not recommended,” Angies List says. “If your water heater is in a location that will cause damage to your home, you should strongly consider replacing it after 10 years.”
And, again according to Angie’s List, you can determine the age of your water heater by looking at the serial number, which is generally on the manufacturer’s sticker on the top portion of the water heater.
“The serial number contains the date that the water heater was manufactured. But it won’t look the way a date is normally written. Instead, the serial number will have a date code such as ‘F051052638,'” Angie’s List says. “F is for the month and F is the sixth letter in the alphabet, so it represents the sixth month, June. Next, the first two digits of the serial number are 05, which represents the year, 2005. So this water heater was made in June 2005. Each manufacturer has a similar date code, and they can vary; check the manufacturer’s website to learn more.”
Of course, there’s no need to do that if you already know how old your water heater is or if it’s already leaking.
If you do have a leaking or old water heater that needs repair or replacement, you need a trusted plumber like the reliable plumbers at Billy the Sunshine Plumber. Billy Sunshine has been the go-to plumber in Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties for almost 100 years. (He was founded in 1924.) He’s done a lot of plumbing in that time and the experience pays off for current customers.
Billy the Sunshine Plumber is available 24/7/365 – nights, weekends, holidays, Billy is always here for you.
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