They might not look like it, but most water heaters are precision instruments that require a lot of care and careful maintenance. As with any system that is powered by gas, a gas-powered water heater will require the most care, as well as the most frequent maintenance checks. However, even so, it’s still highly important to make sure you schedule a proper maintenance session for any other type of water heater you might have.
The main problem with water heaters have to do with temperature drops and leaks. Scheduling a routine maintenance is all about making sure these issues are avoided and that the heating system is operating properly, producing the right temperature and using up only the amount of energy or fuel that it should normally require.
For electric systems, it’s also important to check the wiring for bad insulation and ensure that none of the electrical or electronic parts are rusted or damaged by water. For gas powered units, it’s also extremely crucial to check for gas leaks and make sure the burner’s efficiency is at its peak.
The best way (and sometimes the only way) to get proper water heater maintenance is to contact a local contractor and schedule a maintenance session as soon as possible – preferably way before the winter freeze sets in.