Water Heater Repair and Replacement

Plumber performing water heater repairs.

Nothing lasts forever - water heaters included. Eventually, this essential appliance will begin to wear out. Thankfully, Mr. Rooter® Plumbing offers water heater repair services that can restore functionality to your water heater and extend its lifespan.

We’ll help you learn more about water heater replacement and repairs so you can determine which service is right for you.

Water Heater Repair and Replacement Basics

Water heater repair is a great way to add years of life to your existing water heater without having to pay for a brand-new one. Repairs are a great option for units that are not very old or majorly damaged.

For units that are excessively damaged or reaching the end of their lifespan, water heater replacement may be necessary. Professional replacement services help ensure that the newly installed unit works as intended and reduce the chance of improper installation.

How Maintenance Helps Prevent Water Heater Issues

Most people don’t notice something is wrong with their appliance until it’s too late. By the time you hear strange noises, see evidence of leaks, or realize your hot water is dwindling, your appliance could be in dire need of repair.

Handle these concerns before they result in a major issue requiring water heater repair. Schedule regular maintenance checks through a professional plumbing company like Mr. Rooter® Plumbing. We can assess the integrity of the tank, burner functionality, connecting hoses, and more to address minor issues before they become major problems.

If it’s already too late for maintenance, there’s no need to stress. Our team provides emergency plumbing services when you need them! We can even help with water heater replacement by recommending the best type of unit for your home.

Finding the Right Water Heater for You

The right water heater can consistently deliver the appropriate amount of hot water for your home. Mr. Rooter Plumbing offers various options, including conventional and tankless water heaters. Each model comes with its own set of advantages.

Conventional water heaters

These units store water in a large tank and keep it hot using gas or electricity. The hot water is then dispensed into your water lines whenever you turn on a tap for hot water. An efficient conventional hot water heater can reduce your gas or electric bill by minimizing the amount of energy needed to heat water.

Tankless water heaters

This unit heats water on demand by running the water past heating coils that get it up to temperature. These units never run out of hot water and are more efficient since they don’t have to keep water hot at all times. Tankless heaters can save you money in the long run but are slightly more expensive to purchase.

Water Heater Repair and Replacement FAQs

How long does a water heater last?

Water lifespans vary widely depending on the way they’re cared for, their model, and several other factors. But, on average, they last between 8 to 12 years. Here are some key considerations to be aware of when assessing how long your water heater will last:

1. Understanding the Lifespan:

Water heaters typically last anywhere from 8 to 12 years. However, several factors can impact their longevity, including the quality of the unit, the amount of regular maintenance performed, and water quality.

As your water heater nears the end of its life, it may show certain signs. These include reduced hot water capacity, strange noises, rusty water, and leaks. If you notice any of these symptoms, it's wise to consider a replacement.

2. Assessing Water Heater Quality:

Investing in a high-quality water heater from a reputable brand can significantly extend its lifespan. While they may come at a higher cost initially, their superior construction and durability make them worth the investment.

3. Regular Maintenance:

Proper maintenance plays a crucial role in prolonging the life of your water heater. Flushing the tank annually, checking the pressure relief valve, and inspecting for any leaks or corrosion are essential steps to keep it running efficiently.

4. Water Quality:

The quality of water in your area can impact the lifespan of your water heater, as well. Hard water, which contains mineral deposits, can cause sediment buildup over time, leading to decreased efficiency and potential damage.

5. Factors Affecting Lifespan:

Several factors can shorten or extend the lifespan of a water heater. Usage frequency, household size, and water temperature settings all impact the longevity of your appliance. Larger households, more frequent use, and a higher temperature setting can eventually strain the machine and reduce its lifespan.

6. Extending the Lifespan:

While the average lifespan of a water heater is 8 to 12 years, there are measures you can take to extend it further. Installing a water softener system, using sacrificial anode rods, and avoiding excessive temperature settings can all contribute to longevity.

7. The Importance of Professional Installation:

When it comes to installing a new water heater, it's crucial to rely on a professional. Improper installation can not only impact its efficiency but also lead to safety hazards. Ensure that a qualified service professional handles the installation process.

Rely on Mr. Rooter Plumbing for Reliable Water Heater Repair and Replacement Services

Every water heater needs to be replaced or repaired eventually. If yours is showing signs of wear, our team is here to help. We can replace or repair your water heater quickly and effectively. And thanks to our Done Right Promise™, you can trust that the job will be done correctly. And if there are any issues with our work, we’ll make it right at no additional cost. Schedule a service online or give us a call to get an estimate.

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