Water heaters are built to last, but they do become less efficient as they age, and eventually, they may start to leak, become less efficient, or break completely. Some water heater repairs are relatively simple, but if your heater is over a decade old, it may be time to consider replacing it. At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Prescott, AZ, we provide a variety of water heater replacement and repair options to suit a range of budgets.
How Long Should a Water Heater Last?
On average, a water heater should last for between 8 and 10 years. After this time, you may wish to consider getting a water heater replacement, even if the heater is still working reasonably well. More modern water heaters usually offer significant improvements in energy efficiency and may offer improvements in usability, making them worth the expense.
The timespan mentioned above is the upper end of how long most people can expect a water heater to last. You may find you need water heater repair services before then or that your heater gives you lots of issues after only a few years. Many people in Prescott, AZ, have issues with their heaters because of the hard water in the area causing scale build-up. You can mitigate those issues by fitting water softeners or filters.
Tankless Water Heaters
At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, we offer water heater repair services for traditional tank-style water heaters and tankless water heaters. If you live in a relatively new home, you may have a tankless water heater. These are popular in newer developments because they only heat water when it’s needed, saving energy consumption compared to trying to keep a tank of water hot all day.
If you’re considering water heater replacement, it’s worth looking at the pros and cons of both types of heater. Tankless water heaters cost more to install than traditional heaters with a tank, and they can’t provide hot water during a power outage. However, they use less energy than traditional headers, especially for smaller households that don’t use a lot of hot water.
Our Water Heater Repair Services
Our professional plumbers have experience working with a wide variety of water heaters. If you’re experiencing problems with your heaters, just give us a call, and we’ll send a technician to examine the heater and conduct repairs or replace it if necessary.
Common issues with water heaters include:
- Rust or other contaminants in the water
- Poor water pressure
- No hot water
- The temperature of the water coming from the heater is inconsistent
- Signs of dampness or leaks near the tank
- Grumbling, knocking, or banging noises from pipes
If you’re experiencing issues with your water heater, do not ignore them. It’s important to take action quickly. Cloudy or rusty water could present a health hazard. Grumbling noises coming from your pipes mean the pipes are vibrating. If this is allowed to go unchecked, the vibration could place stress on the areas where the pipes join, causing leaks.
By treating issues as soon as they appear, you can avoid the need for a costly water heater replacement and keep your current heater working well for as long as possible.
When to Consider Water Heater Replacement
Many common issues with water heaters can be fixed, but sometimes replacing the heater makes more sense. This is particularly true if the issues are with the water tank, such as:
- Your hot water supply doesn’t last as long as it used to: Over a long-enough period of time, sediment can build up in your tank, reducing the tank’s ability to hold sufficient hot water.
- There are signs of dampness around the tank: Your water heater’s tank expands and contracts as it’s exposed to changing temperatures. This leads to small fractures appearing in the tank. Once these fractures get to the point that they’re big enough to cause leaks, this is a sign the tank is in danger of bursting.
A weak or damaged tank is a serious issue that should be remedied immediately. Don’t wait for your tank to burst and flood your attic. Consider investing in a water heater replacement as soon as possible.
Our Water Heater Replacement and Installation Service
If your current heater is beyond repair, or you’ve decided it’s time to upgrade your heater for a newer one, our team of plumbing experts can help you choose the right heater for your home and fit it for you.
Water heater installation is a skilled job that requires gas and/or electrical work as well as plumbing. All of our plumbers are licensed, insured, and have extensive training in the use of diagnostic tools as well as plumbing best practices.
When you choose Benjamin Franklin Plumbing for your water heater repair or replacement work, you can feel confident the job will be done efficiently and safely. Our plumbers are committed to providing good customer service and will always treat your property with respect.
We aim to complete most repair jobs on the first call-out. If you’ve opted for a water heater replacement, we’ll need to inspect your existing installation first. We’ll also need to remove your existing heater, but we’ll do everything we can to ensure the work causes as little disruption as possible.
To learn more about our water heater repair or installation services, give us a call or contact us online to book a consultation.Call us today!