Hot Water Heater Installation

Why a trusted licensed plumber is critical for any hot water heater installation

A poorly installed water heater can cause plumbing headaches in your home and is an actual safety hazard. Water heaters are one of the few appliances in a home or business that should be always serviced by a licensed and insured plumbing professional. There are many components of a water heater that can severely injure someone who isn’t properly equipped or trained, from scalding hot water and electrical shock to actual explosions from gas.

What to consider when choosing a new water heater ?

There are many factors to consider when selecting a new water-heating system.

– Fuel source (gas or electric)
– Storage capacity (30 gallon to 80 gallon available),
– Tank type (conventional or tankless).
– Self-cleaning units automatically fight lime and sediment buildup
– Product efficiency ratings
– First-hour hot water delivery and recovery time (the amount of time it takes to heat a full tank of water)

Should I repair or replace my water heater

The average residential hot water heater carries a manufacturer’s warranty typically of six years. Commercial water heaters carry a warranty of up to ten years. The warranty period should be about half the expected life of the equipment. Over time, water heaters become rusted and will eventually leak. A water heater leaking from the top may be repaired. But if it is leaking from the bottom, it is time for a new water heater installation. A corroded water heater storage-tank cannot be repaired. However, a burned-out heating element, a leaky pressure-relief valve or a leaky drain might be repaired. As a rule of thumb, you can repair your unit if the labor cost – often not included in the warranty – will be less than $50 per year for the remaining years in the warranty. If not, you should buy a new unit. If your water heater is corroded and the warranty has expired, buy a new water heater.

Simply put, water heaters have a finite life span and will eventually fail. Repair or replacement is a function of age, condition, and budget. If your conventional water heater is nearing the end of its lifecycle (i.e. 10 years +) then replacement is recommended. Technology has made newer generation water heaters more efficient. Contemporary hot water heaters can be up