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Water Heater Repair & Replacement

Water heaters provide the hot water we need for comfortable showers, efficient dishwashing, and laundry. Like any mechanical system, water heaters will develop problems over time. This will affect their performance, efficiency and reliability.

As a homeowner, you probably never think about water heater repairs or maintenance, until that first cold shower hits you. In today’s world, hot water is not just a convenience, it’s a necessity, and it may be time you replaced your old water heater. Here’s what to look for.

Repairing a water heater

Signs you need a new water heater

There may be one or more signs that your current water heater is failing. Call Guaranteed Plumbing if any of these issues exist.

  • Leaks on the floor around the water heater tank. Investigate any leaks immediately. A leaking water tank can cause major damage, if it bursts, releasing gallons of water.
  • Hot water with a red or yellow tint suggests corrosion in the water heater tank.
  • Lower water temperature or no hot water. If you’ve noticed that your water is not as hot as it used to be. This could be several causes, including a faulty thermostat or build-up of sediment on the tank.
  • Rumbling, hissing, or banging from the water heater can indicate a problem like sediment build-up and other issues.
  • Age of the water heater. You can expect your water heater to last between 10 and 15 years. As it ages, it is worth considering a replacement even if your old water heater is still working.

Why water heaters fail

There are many reasons why your water heater may give you problems. Here are some of them:

  • Incorrect installation – water heaters must be installed by licensed plumbers. Poor installation can lead to performance problems.
  • Sediment accumulation – hard water lays down mineral deposits in the tank. The accumulation of minerals in the bottom of the tank can cause performance issues.
  • High water pressure – excessive water pressure can damage your tank and water lines over time. Water leaking from the overflow pipe may indicate that you have a high-pressure problem.
  • Rust in the tank – water tanks contain an anode rod that corrodes to protect the storage tank from rust. The anode needs replacement from time to time to ensure that it remains effective.
  • Age – Like all plumbing fixtures gas or electric water heaters need replacement from time to time. Water heaters should last between 10 and 15 years.
Water heater types

Types of Water Heaters

If you’re thinking of replacing your water heater, you can choose from several different water heater types listed below:

Storage Tank Water Heaters

Storage tank water heaters are the most common electric water heaters. They work by heating and storing gallons of water in a tank. When you turn on a hot water faucet, it draws from this reservoir. While these units are reliable, they can run out of hot water, and you will have to wait for the water to reheat.

The storage tank water heater replacement cost is relatively low. Still, these heaters are inefficient because the water is heated even when you don’t need it.

Tankless Water Heaters (On-Demand Water Heaters)

Tankless water heaters, or on-demand water heaters, heat water as it flows through the unit, over the heat exchanger. These heaters don’t store hot water, producing it on demand. They are energy-efficient and can provide endless hot water, but they may not deliver hot water as quickly as tank heaters.

The water heater replacement costs are higher, but you save money on energy because these heaters only heat the water when you use it. Subject to size, you should have hot water whenever you need it.

When choosing a tankless water heater, the size of the household matters. An electric water heater will support the water needs of a small household. Gas water heaters can serve the needs of larger households as well as guest houses. These heaters cost more because you must factor in the cost of installing gas lines and a gas vent.

Tankless On-Demand Water Heaters

Solar Water Heaters

Solar water heaters use solar panels, typically placed on the roof, to heat the water directly. They are an environmentally friendly option and are most effective in sunny regions. The price of a solar water heater is often higher than other water systems, but it will save you money in the long run.

Hybrid Water Systems

Hybrid water heating systems have a water tank and heat pump. The tank is there to make sure that you have hot water whenever you may need it.

Choosing the Best Water Heater

When the time comes to choose a new water heater, there are several factors to consider:

  • The size of the household
  • The heat source – gas or electricity. If your new unit runs off gas, the plumber must install a gas line and vent.
  • The energy efficiency of the various alternatives
  • The initial and operating costs of the units
  • Warranty
  • Local council building codes

We repair and replace all types of water heaters

Water heaters take a lot of strain with their constant exposure to hot water. There will be a time when you need heater repair or replacement services. The technicians at Guaranteed Plumbing are trained to service, replace, and maintain gas and electric models.

If your water heater is more than ten years old and has started to give you problems, it may be time you replace it with a new more efficient water heater. We can help you to choose the most efficient system at a water heater installation cost that meets your budget.

Call Guaranteed Plumbing for all your water heater repairs, services, and installations.

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