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Customers With Traditional, Tank Style Water Heaters
While this could be a sign that your water heater is rusting and may need to be replaced before it floods your home, Your water system might just need pretreatment. Our licensed plumbers can quickly diagnose your water-heater so you can make an informed decision. The home owner often has the luxury of planning in this case, but someitmes it’s critical to replace the unit before tank leaks or failures create an unsafe and much more expensive situation.
Often, sediment that has built up in the water heater tank, making the unit take longer and cost more to heat the water.If it hasn’t been too long, our annual maintenance will clear this and help your water-heater be more efficient with your time and money.
Replacement may be necesary if the problem has been around awhile, especially if you hear a grinding, rumbling noise when it heats.
A large variety of problems including a bad burner, a pilot that has gone out, or other damaged parts can cause this problem. If this is a gas unit, any complete failure of a water heater requires an immediate inspection by a licensed plumber for safety concerns.
That said, it could just the thermastat, and getting good information is always the first step. Because of this, you should call us today, and we’ll get you the data to make an informed decision!
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Our Plumbers will help you determine exactly what is right for your home, business, and budget, taking into consideration your needs and usage expectations. We can install or repair most any brand or type of water heater, including tankless water heaters.
This may point to a broken fill tube. They often make these of some plastic or manufactured material, and they lead from the top of the water heater down inside the tank, sometimes even to the base. These make sure that when you’re using the hot water, it sends incoming cold water into the lower part of the tank, assuring a good mix and a slower cooling of the water that’s already hot. When these break, the cold water comes in at the top and immediately cools water there. The out valve that leads to your shower or faucet is also on the top, so the result is barely warm, tepid showers after only a few minutes, very frustrating! Whether we can replace these at a lesser cost than the water heater depends on whether other parts such as the anode rod have also worn away. So we inspect thoroughly and inform the homeowner of the best and most affordable solution.
There’s 2 common reasons for this:
Avoid this with regular maintenance on your water heater. United Installer Plumbing can set up an annual schedule with you for your home, so call or speak with your plumber today.
The first thing to check is where it’s coming from:
The shorts answer is around 6-10 years depending on the manufacturer. The real world answer is different depending on the circumstance, but here are the main things that help a water heater last longer:
Simply put, the higher the efficiency, the lower the amount you’ll pay to heat each gallon of water. So a 73% efficient water heater, even though it’s Energystar rated from a quality manufacturer, still results in a quarter of your energy going to warm the air outside your vent instead of your hot water. Higher math isn’t really required here; common sense is to pick the best efficiency for the greatest long term savings, but keep in mind that higher quality water heater units cost a little more too. Biting the bullet with a higher quality unit means not only a longer warranty and lower bills, but with proper maitenance, also a likelyhood of a longer product life.
Buy cheap often or buy quality less often, it’s really as simple as that.
Answers for those with regular tank-style water heaters depend on home size and usage. Essentially, sizing water heaters is mainly done with published sizing lists using gallons per minute. This makes sense when you consider that a regular water heater heats the water in its tank, then uses this once hot water begins to flow.
A larger tank means hot water won’t run out as soon but there are 2 cost considerations:
Wow, this one’s hard! Generally, the cheapest way to replace a water heater is to use what was there before; a gas water heater replaces a gas water heater and an electric replaces an electric. This way installation costs don’t include too many added renovations like adding gas lines or high voltage electrical outlets.
There is a large discussion on electric vs gas, but seriously, as plumbers we find them not that different. Additionally, changing from gas to electric or vice versus is almost always much more expensive that simple replacement. We tend to recomend going like for like in most cases.
This is usually caused by sediment or worn parts caught in the outgoing piping of the water heater. Many water heaters have what are called dip tubes that are attached to the incoming water supply and run down to inlet water at the bottom of the tank. These often plastic, and on older unites can crumble and clog the outgoing piping. If it’s only the hot water, it’s usually the water heater itself or a valve or part on it, but each situation is different. Get an estimate and we’ll show you exactly what you need to fix you issue.
If it’s making a knock noise or rumbling loudly, it may have a good amount of sediment in it. Home owners can flush this or call a licensed plumber to do so, and usually this helps, but sediment buildup almost always affects the life of a unit if it’s gone on long enough to cause these sounds. Annual flushing and pretreatment are ways to assure this never happens to your water heater, and to assure it has the longest lifetime possible. Sadly, replacement is likely needed when you hear these sounds.
Usually this points to a buildup of sediment and minerals within the water heater. If it’s not rumbling, a maintenance visit might help, but usually, the hot water is smelly but cold water isn’t, it’s time to replace the water heater. Still, we’ve seen odd issues, so having the unit inspected is your first step.
Sadly, most homeowner’s insurance only covers the cost of the water heater, based on what it would cost to simply buy one, not the labor and expertise to install and bring it up safely to code. So expect that it will only pay a portion of the costs to replace. Our experience is these types of policies usually cover around 50-70% of the cost to replace the units.
We don’t mind filing paperwork on your behalf, and we’ll help any way we can, but our experience is these policies help, thye just don’t offer complete coverage.
Generally, higher costing units with longer warranties last longer. They’re just made to higher tolerances. Also, the home-owner still must maintain them to realize a long life for the unit and to maintain their warrany. Nachi.org has a great article on this, and they should know.
That depends on the unit’s quality and the installation. Many home-owners feel downright stubborn about how much it costs to install a water heater, but catastrophic failure or a voided warrantee from improper installation can be much more expensive. Go with a licensed and experienced plumber, not the lowest installation price. Give United Installers a call, we’d be happy to earn that trust!
When there are issues with a unit, the sooner you call for plumbing service, the more likely we can repair the unit rather than just replacing it. United Installers Plumbing understands that getting as long a life from your investment is a great way to earn your business.
Remember, Atlanta has some of the highest water cost in the nation, so a continuous leak or a tank failure not only creates high clean up bills, but an astronomical water bill along with them! Your water-heater is an investment that performs for a finite time, and regular water-heater maintenance is our best way to help extend that time and reduce your cost.
Regular maintenance can also lower your present water bill, as sediment that builds up reduces a water-heater’s efficiency, meaning higher per gallon costs on your gas bill to heat the water.
Deciding to simply schedule your maintenance before-hand is the best policy, and United Installers offer a complete yearly maintenance program, so schedule away, and kill your future hassles!