It Will be Your New Home, Don’t Get Stuck With a Faulty Water Heater
It may not seem like a big deal because, well, that’s what home inspectors are for. They go in and check everything to make sure things like water heaters and plumbing are in a condition that would make the home livable. But, you can never be too sure.
You might be the potential owners of a new house, and you don’t want to be left with a water heater that’s broken – or completely out of commission – and have to pay for it yourself, after signing on the dotted the line.
That’s why when you go in for a final look around, you should check out a few things. Before making an offer, here’s what we suggest:
- Check the water pressure: If there is low water pressure in the home, that could be a sign of several plumbing problems, including sediment build up and corrosion in your water heater tank. This could be associated with the pipes going in and out of your water heater, so make sure they are fitted properly.
- Determine the age of the water heater: The average life expectancy of a water heater is between 8 and 12 years. Most well-maintained ones should last up to 15. But, how will you know if it was “well-maintained?” You should determine how old the unit is, so you won’t be stuck having to replace it in a year or two. If it is fairly old, you shouldn’t have to pay for it, so be prepared to negotiate a lower price for your home.
- Find out what type of water heater is installed: Is it tankless or traditional? This matter because traditional water heaters use more energy (and thus – more money) because they are constantly heating water. Your bills will be different depending on the type of water heater that is in the home, so it’s good for you to be aware.
- Check the water temperature: Do you notice that it takes a while for water to heat up? Does it go from being really hot to really cold pretty quickly? Fluctuating water temperatures is a sign that there is some kind of problem with the water heater.
- Don’t be shy!: This might be your home. You have to feel confident enough to check everything to ensure you are not getting stuck with an inefficient water heater. And, if you find something that doesn’t seem right, speak up!
You worked hard to save money to buy a new home. Don’t throw it all away on a faulty water heater. Call Roy’s Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling today if you have any questions!