Water Heater Repair - Frisco TX Plumbing Pros
One of the more common jobs we perform at Texas Plumbing Solutions of Frisco TX is to replace hot water heaters in both residences and businesses.
We also repair these units, of course. But regardless of how well you take care of hot water heaters and how often you have them serviced, they aren’t going to last forever.
This is a job that many people try to do themselves, but a professional with the proper tools and experience is always going to be your best option.
The life expectancy of a hot water heater is generally between 8 and 12 years, though that can vary depending on where it’s located, how often it’s used and even the quality of the initial installation.
So, other than knowing the age of your unit, how can you tell when it’s time to replace your hot water heater? There are several things to look out for, including:
Common Water Heater Repairs
If you’re noticing a discoloration in your water, this is a good sign that rust is forming in the hot water heater and it’s time to have a new one installed. Just be sure that the rust is actually coming from the heater itself and not from the pipes or from a bad valve.
Our experts at Texas Plumbing Solutions can make that determination for you. But chances are very good, especially if your heater is old, that it’s coming from the unit itself.
If you’re hearing strange noises coming from the area where the hot water heater is located, you might want to sit up and take notice.
As the water heater ages, rumbling noises will begin getting louder as the tank is heating up the water that’s inside. These noises are generally caused by sediment buildup in the bottom of the tank, especially if it hasn’t been drained on a regular basis.
You could try flushing the tank first, before spending money on a replacement. But it’s best to have this done by a licensed plumber, who can also evaluate the unit and let you know how to proceed.
Leaking Water Heater Repairs
If your water heater has been around for awhile, there’s an increased likelihood that water is going to begin appearing on the floor around the tank. This is obviously being caused by a leak, which can also cause additional damage to your home if left unattended.
The leaks will almost surely get worse over time, so a water heater replacement should not be delayed for too long.
A hot water heater is designed to do one thing, and that’s obviously to heat the water in your home or business. If that’s not happening, well then it needs to either be fixed or replaced by a newer and better model.
It could just require a new thermostat or heating element, but it could also be that the unit is just too small for the home or business it’s located in. In this case, the problem will continue happening until the unit is upgraded.
Water Heater Replacement Costs - Typically in the Frisco TX Area
This is difficult to answer because of the wide range of makes and models that are available, but on average hiring a plumber to install a traditional hot water heater will cost you a few hundred dollars.
This can be much less, however, if the unit is actually purchased by the home or business owner and the plumber is simply hired to do the installation. In that case, the only cost will be for the plumber’s time in actually performing the work.