For people who own their own homes in the New Windsor area, there are always a significant number of repairs and upgrades that arise over the years. The ones that are the most important to address quickly are repairs to the mechanical aspects of the home, such as the home's plumbing system, including the water heater unit.

Whether it is a tank or tankless water heater issues can arise that cause the water heater to be repaired or replaced altogether. We will discuss some of these items in the below article. If you are experiencing water heater problems now, call Mr. Rooter Plumbing. We are locally owned, family operated & specialize in water heater maintenance, repair & service.

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Understanding Hot Water Heater Basics

Hot water heaters are a critical part of the mechanical system of a home. They are responsible for making sure that the water needed for bathing, dishwashing, cleaning, laundry, and hygiene is sufficiently warmed to the right temperature. All homes require a heating element for their water to ensure everyone can get the hot water they need when they need it.

The size of a water heater unit can vary significantly and is usually designed to match the number of people who live in the home. The more people that reside in a home, the larger the water heater typically is to accommodate everyone in the household's needs.

One of the factors used in deciding the appropriate size for the replacement water heater for a home is based on the square footage and the number of bathrooms in the house. Larger homes with more bathrooms usually require larger water heater tanks to ensure that there is an ample supply of hot water when needed.

Home Water Heater Repairs

Like all mechanical systems, water heaters do break down. There are a wide variety of reasons that these systems break. However, if caught early, many breakdowns can be repaired. Sometimes the breakdown can be rooted in the type of fuel used to heat the water, such as pilot light problems for gas units.

However, one of the most common water heater failures is caused by broken heating elements or thermostats in the system. Over time these can become unresponsive, and homeowners will need to contact a water heater repair professional for servicing.

For people who have hard or soft water, corrosion can occur at the water entry point, and damage to the tank from the build-up of minerals can occur. This may be a minor repair that can be handled by a water heater repair professional. However, if the corrosion has caused significant damage, water heater replacement may be necessary.

When to Get Water Heater Replacement

One of the first signs that a water heater is failing is inconsistent and insufficient hot water. Homeowners may also notice some leaks around the unit. This can be a cause for significant concern. When a water heater bursts, it can flood a house and cause substantial damage. The good news is there are usually signs before this occurs.

Hot water heaters are built to last for years, and new ones should always come with a warranty and a statement on efficiency. Warranties for these units can range from five to ten years, but many units last longer.

Choosing a New Water Heater

If a water heater is broken and replacement is necessary, it is essential to look for a new unit that will provide the best capacity and conditions for the homeowners. New water heater units are significantly more energy-efficient than older units. Often the first-year energy savings can offset a sizable amount of the cost of the new unit.

Some homeowners prefer to have a tankless water heater. This does offer the benefit of an instant and continuous hot water supply. However, in the event of a power outage, the home will be without a reserve of hot water until the power returns.

Installation of a Water Heater Unit

Once a new unit is decided upon, getting the best water heater installation services is essential. Homeowners should look to have a licensed professional plumber or heating specialist install the new unit. This will ensure it is done correctly, safely, and in compliance with building codes.

Professional water heater installation can usually be accommodated within a day or two of the service calls Actual installation time can vary depending on whether the replacement unit is in stock and the time of day of the first service call for a repair.

Call the Water Heater Team at Mr. Rooter Plumbing

Whether you are experiencing issues with your water heater or would like to replace or install a newer model, Mr. Rooter in New Windsor can help. Call today for immediate response service from your local, licensed & professional service experts.

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