Running out of hot water is never a fun experience. It can happen at any time and for a variety of reasons. Water heaters only have a lifespan of 10 to 13 years, meaning they need a replacement after a certain number of years in service. Let’s look at some of the reasons why you might need to consider calling a plumber.

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Water Heater Installation

Replacing your water heater may sound like a huge job, but it’s easy in the hands of a trained professional. Without any complications, the job can take two to three hours to have your hot water back up and running again. If you are experiencing signs that your water heater is not working normally, it is best to call a professional before things take a turn for the worse.

A plumber will come out to your house to assess the situation. He or she will first remove the old unit and position the new unit in the same spot. Last, they will hook the new unit into the existing pipes, adjusting as needed. With the right experience and tools, the job will be over before you know it.

Water Heater Replacement

Water heaters have a limited lifespan. There are several signs indicating it is time to replace your unit. Some of these include:

  • No hot water
  • Rusty water
  • Leaking
  • Frequent tripping of the circuit board or flickering of the gas pilot light
  • Age of your system
  • Frequency of maintenance
  • Availability of spare parts

Most of the time, if your heater is showing any of these signs it is time for a replacement. If your unit is more than 10 years old, you will most likely get the highest value for your money with a brand-new unit.

Avoid replacing your water heater by the model number. Because of recent changes in the energy guidelines, model numbers change. It is better to do your research and determine which system has the same capacity and gallons per minute (GPM) flow as your current system. If you are looking for more GPM or more capacity, look for a bigger model.

Water Heater Service & Repair

Water heaters need regular maintenance to work properly. A yearly cleaning of the system to drain the sediment will give your tank a longer life. Tanks without proper maintenance tend to have more issues in the long run and typically require replacement earlier.

Sometimes a water heater may need a replacement part. Heating elements can burn out and need repairs. An experienced plumber can perform repairs to your system, saving you from purchasing the entire unit. Repairs can last for a while; however, if the repairs start happening frequently it is probably time to consider replacing the tank.

If you need a hot water heater repair or replacement in the Gilroy area, Mr. Rooter Plumbing is here to help. With a positive attitude and a flair for customer service, our team of plumbing experts can help to get your hot water flowing normally in no time. Contact us for more information today.

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