If your water heater has sprung a leak, or if the water in your home is not heating up at all, repair may or may not be an option. Depending on the problem, replacing your old water heater with a new one may be the only solution.
Water heater replacement is best left to a professional, like Roto-Rooter. Whether you require gas water heater installation or electric water heater installation, our plumbing experts can help with your water heater install.
We’ve put together some tips to assist you in troubleshooting your gas or electric water heater issues. It will also help you to recognize when water heater replacement may be in order. Remember, if you perform regular maintenance, you can extend the life of your water heater.
The life expectancy of a water heater may vary depending on location and design of the unit, quality of installation, maintenance schedule and water quality. If your water heater is more than 10 years old, if it leaks around the base of the tank, or if it works inconsistently or not at all, it's probably time for a replacement.
The most common problem with a water heater is water that isn't as hot as you’d like it to be. This is usually caused by a faulty thermostat or a defective heating element. Consider the following when your water is not hot enough:
Electric water heater
Gas water heater
Some other common issues that may require repair or replacement include:
If you're replacing a water heater, you can install the same type of unit. However, you may want to upgrade to a different size unit to accommodate a larger family or perhaps a more energy-efficient model. Keep in mind that new water heater efficiency standards were adopted in April 2015. As a result, new water heaters may have the same capacity as your old model, but will be larger in diameter and sometimes even taller than your old one. This is due to additional insulation required to make the water heater more efficient.
When looking for a new water heater, consider these features:
A Roto-Rooter water heater expert will help you with installation of your water heating system, as well help determine which unit is right for your home, family size and budget.