Plumbers 911 - Do I Need a New Water Heater?
24 Sep

Do I Need a New Water Heater?

Hot water is a necessity for most of us. We use hot water for bathing and washing, and when your hot water heater is malfunctioning, it can be more than just an inconvenience. Do you know the signs your water heater is starting to fail? There are several signs your water heater may send when it’s time for new water heater installation. In this blog, we discuss the most common indicators of a failing water heater, and what to do if you need help with your water heater. If you experience a problem with your hot water, call Plumbers911 right away! Plumbers911 will refer you to a licensed, insured and bonded plumbing contractor in your area, who has experience in repairing these vital units and can help you determine whether water heater repair or replacement is the solution to your needs.

When your water heater malfunctions, it can ruin your whole day. First, you have to take a cold shower. Then, you can’t run your washing machine or dishwasher, because there is no warm or hot water to get the job done properly. Hot water heaters and hot water tanks play an important role in our daily lives, and when yours is malfunctioning, it can quickly become a major problem. But how do you know if your water heater is in need of repair or replacement? Here are some telltale signs your water heater could be in need of repair, or at least an inspection:

  • Discolored water
  • Foul smelling water
  • Water is too hot
  • Malfunctioning pilot light
  • Loud noises
  • Pooling water
  • Improper insulation
  • Leaking relief valve

Hot water tanks and water heaters commonly use natural gas as their energy source. If you smell natural gas coming from your hot water tank or heater, you need to take immediate action to determine if there is a leak. No matter what time of day or night, immediately call Plumbers 911! You will be referred to a local licensed plumber, who is highly trained to identify and fix natural gas leaks.

Your plumber will thoroughly investigate the condition of your water heater. The average gas-powered water heater lasts approximately ten years, while electric water heaters tend to last for an average of 15 years. If your water heater is approaching this age range, it may not be working as efficiently as it once did. While some problems can be repaired, others cannot. If the water heater is beyond repair, the plumber will discuss replacement options with you and provide you with the information needed to make a decision on a new unit. 

If your water heater has reached the end of its expected lifetime, it is wise to consider the benefits of new water heater installation. When your water heater is old and breaking down, the best solution is to replace it with a newer, more efficient model for greater home comfort and energy savings. With good care and maintenance, many water heaters can last well past their expected lifetimes. If you are concerned about the cost of hot water or the performance of your system, you may choose a new tankless water heater to replace your traditional water heater. Replacing your traditional water heater with a tankless water heater (on-demand water heater) may be a wise investment for your comfort and your home’s energy efficiency.

If your hot water heater is breaking down or nearing the end of its lifespan, now may be a good time to decide between repairing your hot water heater, or replacing it. Plumbers911 is a nationwide network of experienced, trustworthy plumbing experts. If you are in California’s Central Valley, you can turn to our Tracy, Fresno, Stockton, and Modesto plumbers; these local, licensed plumbers are experts at repairing and replacing hot water heaters. If your hot water heater is malfunctioning, or you have any other plumbing issue, we can help. Don’t hesitate to give us a call – Call Plumbers911 today!

To all our friends and customers regarding COVID-19

We will get through this together To say we are living in “unprecedented” challenging times would be an understatement. We hope this finds you and your family safe and healthy. We would like to list a few pieces of information and websites that we think will be helpful for you during this time.

  • To get the most current information on the COVID-19 virus, please check the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) website at:
  • icon showing hand under faucet with large water droplets falling on hand Please wash your hands frequently. Washing with soap and water for twenty seconds is the preferred method, however when water is not available, please use an alcohol based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • icon of person covering mouth while coughing and a border separating from displeased person close by Practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from another person.
  • For those of you with children that are looking for something fun to do, there are virtual field trips you can take with your kids that are fun and educational. Here is a link:

Plumbers are considered essential workers during this time and we will continue to work as our number one priority is to “protect the health of the nation.” Stay well, stay safe and we will get through this together.

Your Friends at Plumbers 911

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