Water Heater Repairs and Replacements

Water Heater Repairs and Replacements

 in St. Louis

Your water heater is essential for many everyday tasks, from washing dishes to taking a hot shower at the end of a long day. Installing or repairing a water heater is a complex job that requires technical expertise and specific tools. It can be difficult for homeowners to determine whether a repair or replacement is needed when a water heater starts acting up. 

Signs You Need Water Heater Repair

Loud Noises

 If you hear snapping or popping sounds coming from your water heater, it's a sign of sediment buildup inside the unit. A thorough cleaning usually resolves the problem.

Low Water Pressure

Decreased hot water pressure is often a symptom of sediment buildup inside a water heater. If all of your water pressure is slow, it could be a problem in your pipes or drains, but sediment may need to be drained from the heater if it's just your hot water

Rusty Water

 If there is a red or brown discoloration in your hot water, it could be that corrosion has spread to your tank, but it could also be a sign that it's time to replace the anode rod in your water heater.

Signs You Need a Water Heater Replacement

  1. 1

    Old age - traditional tank water heaters usually last around ten years, while tankless models often last for 20 years. If your current water heater is much older than its expected lifespan, it's time to consider replacing it.

  2. 2

    A damaged tank - while other parts can be repaired or replaced pretty easily, replacing a leaky or corroded tank will likely cost more than a complete replacement.

  3. 3

    Rising utility bills - as your water heater ages, it becomes less efficient. If your utility costs are rising, it could be time for a replacement.

  4. 4

    Frequent repairs - if your water heater requires more frequent maintenance and repairs, a new replacement may be cheaper.

Choosing the Right Water Heater

Energy efficiency in water heater technology has improved dramatically in recent years. 

Both traditional and tankless models have numerous pros and cons to consider. 

Traditional Tank Water Heaters usually have a 30, 40, or 50-gallon capacity. Conventional water heaters come in gas or electric models. New units have increased energy efficiency and can be a good replacement choice for homeowners on a budget.

Tankless Water Heaters are also known as on-demand water heaters. Tankless heaters heat only the water needed as it travels through the unit to the tap. When you aren't using hot water, no energy is used. A significant advantage of tankless models is avoiding the frustration of running out of hot water in the middle of a shower, making them a great option for large households. 

The size, model, home layout, and any additional work needed can contribute to the total costs associated with installing a new water heater. While tankless heaters often come with higher upfront costs, they require less maintenance and decrease energy costs over time. Both tankless and traditional tank water heaters have energy-efficient options available to offer significant cost savings. Rebates and other incentives from utility companies can further reduce the upfront cost of replacing an aging water heater.

If you are experiencing problems with the hot water in your home, you can count on R.A. Guinner Plumbing Company for repairs and maintenance. If your water heater has reached the end of its life, we can replace your old water heater with a new, energy-efficient model. We install State Water Heaters and Navien Tankless Water Heaters in homes and businesses throughout the St. Louis area. 

Work With a Family Owned St. Louis Plumbing Company

R.A. Guinner Plumbing Company provides commercial plumbing services for property owners throughout the St. Louis region. Our services range from clogged drains to complete plumbing remodels. Whether you have a plumbing emergency, need maintenance, or are thinking about future plumbing upgrades, it's important to work with a company that understands commercial plumbing needs. Call us today at 314-752-9850 to discuss your needs.

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