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Water Heater Installation, Service & Repair in Highlands Ranch
The Plumbing Source, LLC sells and installs conventional electric or gas “tank” water heaters, as well as high efficiency, tankless gas, propane and electric hot water heaters. With proper maintenance, a quality water heater will last between 10 – 15 years.
Gas Water Heaters
Gas water heaters are cost-efficient because gas is one-third the cost of electricity. They are available in Tank or Tankless options. Tankless provide a nice, steady stream of hot water for your luxurious baths and showers. Gas water heaters are expected to last 10-15 years of good service with regular maintenance.
Electric Water Heaters
These are probably the most commonly used water heaters in homes. They work by keeping a tank of water constantly heated so that you have access to warm water at all times. With tank water heaters, there will be a recovery time if the tank is emptied with hot water use above the tank limit. Not the most cost-effective, but are very reliable.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters are becoming more and more popular with homeowners. They are more energy-efficient and can be safer than regular tanked heaters because they do not need to constantly heat a tank of water that is under great pressure. You also don’t have to wait any ‘recharge’ time with tankless so your hot water is basically endless. They are now available in gas or electric options.
Hybrid Water Heaters (Heat Pump)
Hybrid water heaters combine the best of two worlds. They keep a supply of water always heated for immediate use but are extremely efficient with heating water. They also recharge or recover quicker than conventional electric tank water heaters. You can see savings on your monthly electric bill as well as enjoy long showers with hybrid water heaters. These hybrid water heaters spend approximately 1/4 of the energy of a regular electric tank water heater, thus paying for themselves in a short period of time.
There are several signs that indicate it may be time to replace your hot water heater. Here are the top five signs to look out for:
Age of the Hot Water Heater: The average lifespan of a hot water heater is typically around 8 to 12 years. If your unit is approaching or exceeding this age range, it’s a good idea to consider a replacement, even if it appears to be functioning well. Older units are more prone to developing issues and may not be as energy-efficient as newer models.
Insufficient Hot Water: If you’ve noticed a significant decrease in the amount of hot water available, or if you constantly run out of hot water sooner than you used to, it could indicate a problem with your hot water heater. Sediment buildup, a faulty heating element, or a deteriorating tank can all contribute to reduced hot water capacity.
Leaks or Water Damage: Any signs of water leakage around your hot water heater should not be ignored. Leaks can be caused by a variety of issues, including a cracked tank or loose connections. If left unattended, leaks can lead to water damage in your home and potentially cause mold growth.
Strange Noises: Unusual noises coming from your hot water heater, such as popping, rumbling, or banging sounds, can indicate a buildup of sediment inside the tank. Sediment can cause the heater to work less efficiently, potentially leading to more serious issues if not addressed promptly.
Rusty or Discolored Water: If you notice rust-colored or discolored water coming from your hot water taps, it could be a sign that your hot water heater is corroding from the inside. Corrosion can weaken the tank and eventually lead to leaks. Discolored water can also be a sign of pipe corrosion, so it’s important to investigate the source of the issue.
Remember, these signs are indicators that your hot water heater may need replacement, but it’s always a good idea to the plumbing professionals at The Plumbing Source. Call today!