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Don’t Try This at Home - In Hot Water

by Lee Weissmann

October 6th, 2014

Water heaters are the unsung heroes of the appliance world, if a bit shy. They like to stay out of sight, but every time you take a nice relaxing shower, do your dishes or put on a nice, clean shirt – you know who to thank. But if you’re ignoring that tank in your basement or utility closet? Wake up and smell the carbon monoxide, folks – these things are extremely dangerous.

Lest we forget, a neglected water heater is essentially a ticking time bomb. Tanks under pressure exploded sky-high during a Mythbusters episode. The news is peppered with accidents and catastrophes involving derelict heaters. And remember when Tony Soprano’s basement flooded? Tragic.


Water heaters should have a lifespan of 10-15 years, but if you have no earthly clue how old yours is, you’re far from alone. Find out. Don’t get cute and try to prolong the life of your tank with duct tape, insulation and crossed fingers.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you have a leak, it’s probably too late. Age is usually a factor in leaks, but there are a variety of valves that can fail and ultimately cause serious property damage, if not something worse.

Raise your hand if you instinctively think installing a water heater on its side is a bad idea! So, it’s unanimous then. Don’t build a bunk bed and tuck your tank in for the night.If you don’t know your anode rods from your dielectric connectors, don’t stress. Our customer-reviewed professionals offer free estimates and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. When it comes to water heater problems, it’s better to know than to wonder.

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