There are not too many of us that go around thinking about our water heaters on a regular basis. On the other hand, the first morning you jump into an icy shower even though the faucet is pushed all the way to the “red zone” it’s all you can think about!
Once a heater is a few years old things can start to go wrong with it. Regardless if it is gas or electric operated you need a qualified plumber to give it a check-up.
It’s a good idea for you to look at the unit occasionally for signs of deterioration. If you see rust or signs of a water leak, don’t wait before calling in a professional. When the water does not seem to be as hot as usual you may have a burned out element. We repair water heaters and we also replace them.