It sits in the laundry room or basement, makes a few noises occasionally, and then continues to let you live your life. However, that water heater that's taking up a pretty large spot in your house plays an important role.

Water heaters control the temperature of all of the water in your home. If it suddenly stopped working, you would definitely notice — and you wouldn't be too happy.

It's important to know about your home's specific water heater and what it does. If you have information on your water heater and what it needs, you're more likely to be prepared if a problem occurs. If a problem does occur, be sure to call our plumbers right away if you live in Villanova or anywhere else in our service area.

It's easy to forget about water heaters because they don't require regular attention and maintenance. You remember to have your washing machine or toilet fixed frequently because you have to physically use them almost every day. But even though water heaters aren't directly used as much since they basically control themselves, they're important to keep an eye on.

Water heaters can be working smoothly for one minute and then stop working suddenly. That's why if you know what kind of water heater you're dealing with, you can be more prepared if the water cuts off in the middle of your shampooing cycle.

Types of Water Heaters


  • Most common
  • Tanks
  • Fueled by natural gas, propane, electricity or oil

Electric/Heat Pump:

  • More expensive
  • Two thermostats
  • Electrical current runs through thermostats


  • More susceptible to breakage
  • Gas controlled valve
  • Natural gas or propane


  • Cost and energy efficient
  • Only heats water you use
  • Natural gas or propane

The type of tank you have usually depends on your home, unless you've already replaced it since you've lived there. Usually, water heaters need to be replaced about every 10-15 years, depending on the type.

Some houses need specific types of water heaters because of how they're built, but sometimes you get a choice in the matter when it's time to get your old water heater replaced.

Having knowledge about your water heater is important to know how to go about reporting a problem if you need to have it repaired or replaced. If you know more about your home's water heater, your wallet and peace of mind will thank you.

If your water suddenly turns frigid, make sure to call a plumbing contractor at Benjamin Franklin Levittown. Our emergency plumbing services in Villanova and the rest of our service area are available!

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