Residential Water Heater Repair & Replacement in Tupelo, MS

Professional Plumbers Solving Your Home’s Water Heater Problems

Your home’s water heater is in place to ensure you always have the hot water you need to do dishes and laundry, bathe, and more. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Tupelo & Oxford offers professional residential water heater repair and replacement services for homeowners in Tupelo, MS. It’s easy to take hot water for granted until you get the unpleasant surprise of taking a cold shower to start your day. Our professional plumbers offer hot water repair and replacement services to ensure your home has all the hot water you need. Our licensed plumbers will repair your water heater if possible, but a replacement may be necessary. We can help you answer the question, “Is it better to repair or replace my water heater?”. Learn more and get in touch with us today to request a job estimate.

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Signs Your Water Heater Should Be Repaired or Replaced

Your water heater’s only job is to heat up water to ensure you have the hot water you need. The average homeowner in Oxford or Starkville, MS is not expected to be an expert on water heaters, but knowing some signs that something may be wrong is crucial so you can contact us early on in the process, potentially saving you money, time, and hassle. We offer for water heater repairs and replacements and can help you understand more about your choices, including electric water heater repair or replacement and gas water heater repair or replacement. Get in touch with us immediately if you notice any of the following signs of water heater issues:

  • Hot water tank leaking water
  • The water heater not producing hot water fast enough
  • Noises coming from your water heater
  • The water heater not supplying enough hot water to bathe or do chores

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How Long Should a Water Heater Last?

Your home’s water heater is not built to last forever. Preventative maintenance services are critical if you want to extend the lifespan of your appliance. The average water heater will last between 11 and 20 years before it needs to be replaced. Professional water heater repairs can keep the appliance in good condition, but don’t expect it to last much longer than two decades. Our licensed and insured experts can help you determine whether your water heater can be fixed or if we need to upgrade it with a new unit. Our plumbing team will perform a thorough inspection and diagnosis before we make the proper recommendation for your home.

The Benefits of Upgrading Your Water Heater

Once your water heater has reached the end of its lifespan, it’s time to choose the best replacement model. Mississippi homeowners will want to choose a new water heater that is efficient and affordable to help them save money on monthly utility bills. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Tupelo & Oxford will ensure your new appliance complies with federally mandated standards. Having hot water on demand without having to wait around is very desirable. Your outdated water heater might only produce lukewarm water if there’s a leak in the tank. Our team will recommend the right water heater for your home based on your space limitations and the amount of water you consume. We will replace your existing water heater with one of the following options:

  • Conventional Water Heater – Traditional water heaters have a large tank to store water and use electrical energy or gas to heat the water. We can install various sizes of tanks that are highly efficient and can reduce your heating bills by as much as 7%.
  • Tankless Water Heater – If you want hot water instantly, a tankless water heater is right for your home. These on-demand water heaters take up less space and could save you up to 30% on energy costs.
  • Hybrid Water Heater – These combination water heaters can save you up to 60% on energy costs and combine a heat pump with a conventional tank storage water heater.

Schedule Water Heater Services Today

After repairing or installing your water heater, we recommend taking advantage of our regular maintenance services to keep your energy bills reasonable and minimize your water heater problems. We also offer 24/7 emergency plumbing services for your home’s water heater, sewer, drains, and more. Contact us today to schedule service or request a job estimate.

FAQs About Water Heaters

Why Is My Water Heater Leaking?

The most common reason for leaking water heaters is a problem with their pressure relief valve. If it is damaged, broken, corroded, or improperly installed, pressure may build up in the water heater tank, and hot water will start leaking out. Other reasons your water heater leaks may include a damaged tank, loose or faulty connections, and fittings, or an old or damaged anode rod.

Is a Leaking Water Heater Dangerous?

A leaking water heater can cause water damage that affects your property's safety, beauty, and value. Water damage can also lead to mold and mildew growth, which can harm your health. Severe water damage and flooding can lead to electrical problems. In very rare cases, a leaking water heater may occur due to a dangerous pressure buildup in the tank. If this occurs, the pressure can build up until the tank explodes. This is a very rare occurrence.

How do I Stop a Water Heater From Leaking?

If your water heater is leaking, you should first turn off the valve on the cold water line that runs into the water heater. You should also turn off the gas valve to the water heater tank. You can then attach a garden hose to the drain valve to siphon water out of the tank so that it won’t continue to leak out. Then, you can call our 24/7 live answering service to make an appointment for emergency plumbing repairs or a water heater replacement.

How Long Does It Take for Hot Water to Heat Up?

In general, it may take an electric storage tank water heater 60-80 minutes to heat all the water in the tank from groundwater temperature. A propane or natural gas storage tank water heater may take 30-40 minutes. An electric, natural gas or propane tankless water heater will instantly heat the water. The amount of time it takes for your water heater to provide hot water depends on several factors:

  • The energy source for the water heater (electricity, natural gas, or propane).
  • The size of the water heater.
  • The location of the water heater relative to the faucet you’re using.
  • It's a first-hour rating.
  • The temperature rise is the difference between the temperature of the groundwater and your desired water temperature.

Why Is My Water Heater Making Noise?

All storage tank water heaters make some noise as they heat the water in the tank. They may also make noise as you use hot water, and the water heater replaces and heats more water. If your water heater starts making excessive noise, strange new noises, or alarming noises, you should call our team for an inspection. Common water heater noises and their causes are:


A popping noise is usually caused by sediment buildup, which is normal, especially if you have hard water.


A whistling or high-pitched noise is caused by pressurized water being forced through a small opening. This might happen if a valve isn’t fully opened or needs to be replaced.


This noise occurs when water stops or changes direction while under pressure. This can lead to a burst pipe if it isn’t remedied.


Typically, only electric water heaters make hissing noises. It can occur if the heating elements are covered with sediment.

Humming or Vibrating

A loose heating element could cause a humming noise. A vibrating or rumbling noise could be due to sediment buildup in the bottom of the tank.

Water Running

All storage tank water heaters make a noise like running water as water enters the tank. If the noise is continuous, the tank may have a leak or a pipe may be broken.

How Much is It to Replace a Water Heater?

The cost of replacement or installation of water heater varies based on region, make and manufacturer of water heater, labor costs, and the type of water heater installed. It might cost between $800-1,800 to replace a water heater.

If you have questions that aren’t answered here or want to make an appointment, call Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Tupelo and Oxford today. You can also request an estimate for the cost of water heater repair or water heater replacement.

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