Your water heater: to replace or not to replace

Your water heater is one of those things that you don't think much about until it stops working. However when it fails, suddenly restoring your hot water could become a top priority.

Common water heater issues: when to repair or replace

Leaking water

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 a bucket. If the water continues to come out rusty, the water heater is the source of your problem.

Noise coming from water heater

Older water heaters can have sediment build-up, causing rumbling, banging or popping noises. An annual flush is a 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 appliance. 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 tanked 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 are inexperienced with plumbing it's important to hire a professional for your 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 also have knowledge of current local plumbing codes and they regularly obtain required permits from the city.

Santa Cruz Plumbing specializes in hot water heater installation, repair, and maintenance. We can service all types including gas water heaters, electric water heaters, tankless water heaters, and more. Contact us for a free inspection. (831) 425-1131

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