Water Heater Repair and Replacement Tips

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Don’t ignore your water heater. It may be easy to forget about your water heater until the water runs cold, however, water heaters need maintenance and replacement after so many years of use.

If your unit is more than 10 years old, and it’s showing its age – leaking, producing rusty water, or not heating water at all, then it may be a good idea to replace it.

If you neglect to repair or replace your water heater, your home is at risk for costly damages. In other instances, water heater repair may be just what you need.

Always make sure you use a plumber that is licensed and knowledgeable about your City’s Codes and Requirements before installing or repairing your home’s water heater.

Water Heater Repair

If your water heater is less than 10 years old but something seems out of the ordinary, water heater repair might be a good choice. Repair can also be in order to correct a poor installation job from another plumbing or water heater company.

It is important that your unit is connected correctly to your home’s system and in compliance with your City’s Code or Requirements. Don’t settle for an unsatisfactory installation; it can be a costly mistake.

Water Heater Replacement

A properly functioning water heater is an important part of your home. They supply your family with the hot water they need for day-to-day use. When it’s time to replace it, choosing a water heater can be a daunting task.

Here are some tips to consider when purchasing your new water heater:

Keep it Family Friendly

The size of your family is an important factor when purchasing or upgrading your homes’ water heater.  A large family consumes a lot more hot water than a single person or couple does.

A family will need a water heater unit with a larger tank size and higher recovery rate. The recovery rate is how many gallons of water can be warmed in an hour.

It is important to consider how much water your household will be using when buying a water heater.

On-demand water heater systems could also be an alternative for larger families.

Make Room For The Right Size

Consider the storage space or area that will contain your unit when buying a water heater.

You want to ensure that you are able to fit the size of unit that you need into the space that you have.

Water heaters come in a variety of sizes and storage capacities so be sure you or your professional installer measure the dimensions of your storage area so you know what you are working with.

Count the Cost

Water efficient heating units can equal big savings.  When you are buying a water heater it is a good idea to consider all the costs that will be included, not just installation costs alone.

Buying a high-quality energy efficient unit now, allows you to save each month on your utility costs and is also environmentally friendly.

It is essential that you choose the right water heater for your home and the size of your family.  If you require assistance in deciding which type of water heater unit is best for you and your family, contact Legacy Plumbing.

Tank or Tankless Water Heater?

There are two basic types of water heaters: storage tank units and tankless or on-demand units. Storage tank water heaters are one of the most commonly used types. Tank units heat and store the hot water for your use.

Tankless units are different because they don’t store massive amounts of water and take up a lot less space in your home. In tankless units, the water is heated by passing through the unit as you use it, making it in most cases, more energy efficient, which translates into long-term cost savings for the homeowner.

Legacy Plumbing Services

We are professional licensed plumbers that can assess your water heater requirements and complete the installation.

Adding water heater accessories is a great way to prevent flooding and damage to your home. Take a look at your home’s unit to ensure that you have some of the basic accessories. You want to make sure at the very least that you have a drip pan to hold any water in case of a small leak.

A FloodStop is another beneficial accessory. Installing a FloodStop on your water supply can help protect your home from flooding. When a leak is detected, the FloodStop will sound an alarm and automatically stop the water supply to your water heater, preventing costly damage to your home.

The thermostat is a vital part of your water heater unit.  It controls your warm and hot water, ensuring your home has access to a comfortable water temperature for all of your family’s daily needs.  A properly functioning water heater thermostat ensures that your unit can do its job and providing hot water on to your home.  

If your water heater unit is unable to regulate the water temperature, it’s time to call a professional. Like all home appliances, your water heater thermostat has functioning parts that will need repair and replacement throughout its lifespan. 

If you are experiencing problems getting enough hot water, the thermostat is the place to start diagnostic work.

A variety of issues can be to blame when your water heater’s thermostat isn’t working well.  An evaluation of the thermostat can save both time and money on additional diagnostic work.  Your water heater unit may be functioning fine but a faulty thermostat will prevent your family from accessing the hot water needed for cooking, cleaning and general comfort.

A full evaluation performed by trained water heater specialist will determine the condition of your unit’s thermostat and what repairs can be made to restore it to proper function.

You may notice a problem with your water heater thermostat if the water temperature is either running too hot or too cold.  This condition may be corrected by adjusting the thermostat; in some instances professional help is required. 

If your thermostat switch unmovable (stuck in place), a trained plumbing professional is your best solution.  Legacy Plumbing’s knowledgeable technicians will work to quickly and efficiently repair your unit’s thermostat so you can get back to enjoying your home.

With over 20 years of experience, Legacy Plumbing is ready to meet all of your residential and light commercial plumbing needs. Legacy Plumbing provides a variety of repair and installation services to homes in the North Dallas area including FriscoPlanoCarrolltonLewisville and beyond.



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