HOT WATER HEATER REPLACEMENT
Water Heater Replacement
1-800-Plumber +Air & Electric of Amarillo
A water heater replacement might be necessary when your unit is no longer providing you hot water when taking a shower, or when you turn on your faucet. There might be all kinds of water heater issues you've encountered and a unit replacement might be necessary if the system is no longer working efficiently. You can count on 1-800-Plumber +Air & Electric of Amarillo when it comes to providing you all the essential information so you can get the perfect replacement for your failing water heater.
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Signs You Need To Find An Electrician
You will never know your water heater needs replacement if you don't know the warning signs. Be sure to pay attention to these common signs of a malfunctioning water heater and contact us so we can immediately replace your old unit:
Aging Water Heater: It's common for an old water heater to malfunction. One way to find out the manufacture date of your unit is by taking the brand name or the serial number. You may search for the date online. While a new water heater is quite an investment, it can save you a lot of money in the long run because a new unit is efficient and won't cause your heater to work harder. Faster water heater means lesser energy consumption. Newer units also take less space. Not only that, but an aging water heater is a dangerous water heater that can be prone to explosions.
Heating Tank Leaks: Whether water is pooling under your unit or dripping from the tank, it's a clear sign that your hot water is no longer working properly. Aside from the water leaks on the unit itself, dripping water coming from your pipes might also be due to an inefficient heating system. Leaks might be caused by loose connections or valves that are not tightly closed.
Water Running Out Fast: Water sediment can accumulate if your unit lacks maintenance. These particles can settle inside your tank leaving less space for your hot water. So if you notice your water running out fast, it's a clear sign that your water heater is starting to fail. Leaving the problem unfixed can make the issue worse because without flushing the sediment out of your unit, your valves could become corroded and clogged.
Discolored Water: Rusty water is an indication of a misbehaving water heater. While all units have a coating that delays corrosion, the coating isn't impervious to wear and tear. Over time, the coating will begin to thin, causing rust to form. One way to find out that your unit is going bad is when you have murky water. Rust won't harm your health, but it can damage the parts of your heating appliance. If it's a mild problem, you may consider replacing the anode rods so you can prolong the life of your unit.
Inconsistent Temperature: When your temperature is inconsistent, your thermostat may be the root of the problem. The good news is that the thermostat can still be replaced, However, you may have a more serious issue if the heating elements are the ones that are broken. If your unit has an inconsistent temperature, check the age of your unit. Replacing it might be a cost-effective solution.
Low Water Pressure: A home that always experiences low water pressure causes sediment to accumulate faster. Another factor that's causing lower water pressure is hard water. If you have hard water, your water heater will clog faster. If your taps are experiencing low water pressure, there might be a buildup in your connections and hot water heater. If your unit has not undergone maintenance for quite a while, it may also show signs of failure.
Strange Noises: A water heater that's making unusual noises may indicate a malfunctioning unit. There are many reasons there's a strange sound coming from your unit. One reason could be the mineral and sediment deposits. Poor water flow can also cause these noises. If you have loose connections or valves, it can also cause your unit to make weird sounds. Hire 1-800-Plumber +Air & Electric of Amarillo to check and flush your system. We'll let you know if the noises are due to a failing unit or it's just a reminder to get it maintained.
Can I Do It Myself?
One of the common questions that homeowners ask when installing a water heater is if they can do the job by themselves. While a DIY installation can save a lot of money, there are risks involved that can result in serious damage and worse, fatal injury. Here's why you should leave replacement and installation to 1-800-Plumber +Air & Electric of Amarillo.
Getting The Wrong Size Water Heater
If your heater is either too small or too big, the cost of installation will be more than you expect. If you have an undersized water heater, it will wear faster when it runs too much.
Installing In A Location With Minimum Floor Space
According to building codes, there are required dimensions if you're going to install your new unit in the attic or other difficult locations.
Installing A Unit Without Permit
Cities need to inspect plumbing installations to ensure everyone's safety. Our professional plumbers will help you get the correct permit for your home. Doing this without a permit or a professional plumber can pose serious issues in the long run.
How To Make A Water Heater Last Longer?
There are simple practices you can follow for your hot water heater to last longer. Consider flushing your water heater tank at least once a year and be sure to read the manual for instructions in draining the water. If you would rather leave it to the professionals, we can flush your water heater for you. Schedule regular maintenance at 1-800-Plumber +Air & Electric of Amarillo so your unit will function well at all times.
Call us at 1-800-Plumber +Air & Electric of Amarillo
If you need your water heater replaced or repaired, let the experts at 1-800-Plumber +Air & Electric help. We will provide you with different options, so you can feel comfortable knowing that you will get the best pricing and comfort. Contact us today!
Different Types of Water Heaters to Choose From
Conventional, tankless, and heat pumps are the most common types of water heaters in the US. The same goes for homes throughout Texas, including those in Amarillo. They all provide heated water, but their process of doing so can significantly vary.
Let's take a look at how each one works, as well as their pros and cons.
Conventional Storage Water Heater
Of all types of water heaters in the US, the traditional storage water heater is still the most common. If you have a water tank in your Amarillo, TX home, you likely have a conventional tanked water heater.
Just because these heaters are "traditional" doesn't mean that they use outdated technology. In fact, these units have had a mandatory boost to their energy efficiency since April 16, 2015. It was then that new water heaters had to follow improved efficiency measures.
With that said, you can still opt for a single-family storage water heater to replace your old one. Today, you'll find these with tank sizes ranging from 20 to 80 gallons. With a tank size upgrade, you can have more hot water ready for use at all times.
How Storage Water Heaters Work
These systems heat the cold water that flows via an opening at the bottom of the tank. The hot water then rises to the top of the tank, ready for use. When you run a hot water tap, the heated water then flows out of the tank, into the hot water pipe, and out of your faucet.
As you use hot water, cold water flows into the storage tank. This fresh supply of water gets heated again to ensure that the water in the tank remains hot.
As for energy sources, Amarillo provides many options, from gas to electricity. You can have your water heated by natural gas, fuel, propane, or electricity. It's part of Texas, after all, the state that delivers over a fifth of all domestic energy production.
The speed at which you use the heated water in the tank can outpace the speed at which the tank heats the water. So, if everyone at home runs hot water taps at the same time, you guys are likely to run out of hot water right away.
Also, keep in mind that conventional storage water heaters heat water continuously. Heating is constant for as long as the water in the tank becomes lower than the preset temperature. This means that you may end up paying for hot water that you don't get to use right away.
Tankless Water Heaters
Worldwide, the tankless water heater market had an estimated value of $2.8 billion in 2018. Experts also forecast this sector to grow by at least 7.5% up until 2025.
The increasing popularity of tankless heaters is mostly due to their energy efficiency. The US Department of Energy says they can be 24% to 34% more energy efficient than traditional heaters. This, in turn, can help homeowners save between $100 to $200 every year on electric bills.
How Tankless Heaters Work
Tankless water heaters heat water without relying on a storage container. Instead, they come with a heating element powered by gas or electricity. So, whenever you run a hot water tap, the unit heats the cold water that flows through.
Once the water flows out of the faucet's opening, you can expect it to be hot.
This direct heating is the reason such heaters are also known as "on-demand water heaters." Since it's "on-demand," you don't have to wait for a tank to fill up with hot water. You can enjoy a continuous supply of sufficiently heated water for your showers or baths.
If you have a big household, you may need two or more tankless water heaters. That's because most models have a limited hot water output rate of about 2 to 5 gallons per minute. As such, they may not be "powerful" enough to deliver hot water when there's simultaneous demand.
Also, the energy efficiency of each tankless heater drops based on hot water usage. The figures mentioned above (24% to 34%) applies to homes that use no more than 41 gallons of hot water per day. If your daily usage is 86 gallons or more, it can still be 8% to 14% more efficient than a traditional storage heater.
Electric Heat Pump Water Heaters
Heat pumps aren't only in heating and air conditioning units: you can also find them in water heaters! They run on the same premise on either type of equipment, which is via heat transfer.
In this way, heat pumps work hand in hand with the environment to provide you hot water. As such, their peak performance is most evident in hot climates.
How Heat Pumps for Water Heaters Work
An electric heat pump water heater works by amplifying the heat that the pump takes from the air. It then moves and transfers some of the heat into the water stored in a tank. As it does, the water heats up, and you can get hot water flowing out of your taps or showerheads.
Considering the climate in Amarillo, a heat pump can be an option for your home. However, come winter, when the temperatures can be as low as 25 °F, a heat pump may not work as great. That's because they work best in temperatures of 40 °F to 90 °F.