We service all water heater makes and models, from gas and electric to tankless. If you're having water heater problems such as poor performance or leaks, we'll repair whenever possible before recommending replacement.
Your water heater is one of those things that you don't think much about it until stops working. Suddenly, restoring your hot water could become a top priority.
Common water heater issues and when to repair or replace
If water is pooled up around the bottom of your water heater, it could be from a leak caused by age and corrosion. Check to find the source of the leak- if it's coming from the fittings, connections to the tank, or temperature/pressure overflow pipe, a repair may be in order. If the tank itself is cracked or corroded, it's time to replace your water heater.
Rusty colored water
This could be a sign of a rusted out water heater or pipes. A good way to test your appliance for rust is drain about 10 gallons from it into buckets. If the water continues to come out rusty, the water heater is the source of the problem.
Noise coming from water heater
Older water heaters can have sediment build-up, causing rumbling, banging or popping noises. An annual flush is good way to clean out and prevent build-up.
Not enough hot water
If you notice your hot water is running out sooner than usual, this could indicate a failing thermostat. In this case, the thermostat would simply need to be replaced rather than the whole appliance.
No hot water
Before you assume the worst, there are a few minor issues that could cause hot water to not come out of your heater. It could be a failing thermostat, heating element, or you may just simply have a pilot light out. A professional plumber could easily diagnose the issue.
When replacement is necessary
The average lifetime of a traditional tank hot water heater is eight to 12 years. The cost to purchase and install can range anywhere from about $700-$2000. Fortunately nowadays many options are engineered better with higher heat retention, less corrosion, and energy efficiency that can save you up to 20% off your energy bill.
If you're inexperienced with plumbing it's important to hire a professional for hot water heater installation. What may seem like a simple plumbing job could turn into a nightmare for an amateur. Trained plumbers are experienced in lifting and moving heavy appliances safely, installing mounts, supply lines, and drain pans. They know the ins and outs of the varying sizes and types of venting systems. Professionals have knowledge of current local plumbing codes and regularly obtain required permits with the city.
Santa Cruz Plumbing specializes in hot water heater installation, repair, and maintenance. We can service all types of including gas water heaters, electric water heaters, tankless water heaters, and more. Contact us for a free inspection. (831) 425-1131