Water Heater Repair and Replacement
We all take hot water for granted until we lose it. The last thing we want is our customers to be without hot water. Laundry, dishes, showers; we want to help you get back to normal as quickly as possible.
Oftentimes, homeowners will come home to a flooded garage from a water heater that has ruptured. First thing to do, if its an electric water heather is to locate the breaker at the electric panel and shut off the power source. Then locate the shut off valve at the water heater and turn it off. In the case of gas, make sure you turn the gas valve off.
When you call for service, its always helpful to know the following; Is it Electric, Natural Gas, or LP? What is the gallon capacity? How tall is it? A 40 gallon tank is usually enough to service a two bathroom home, however, the number of people living there can make the difference on whether to step up to a 50 gallon unit.
Every situation is different and our plumbers will give you the best options. Also keep this in mind, gas water heaters are more efficient and have a faster recovery rate. Most tank water heaters have a 10 year life expectancy, with the exception of those of you that live on the beachside.
No matter how well maintained your water heater may be, like any major appliance it will eventually begin to break down. We will help you determine when it has deteriorates to the point where replacement is needed. Generally speaking most water heaters last around the 6-7 year mark.
This is important information because if left untreated your tank may leak water into your home. This can cause massive damage, especially if you are not home. It may also stop producing hot water at all, leaving you and your family without access to hot water. This makes a broken water heater a plumbing emergency, as homes need access to hot water to bathe and stay clean.
If you find yourself without access to hot water, call Shaw Plumbing so we can get out to you right away!
Tankless water heaters can be a great option. They give you the luxury of never ending hot water. You save space as well as the added benefit of paying only for the hot water you use. We recommend if you have gas, go tankless! However, if you want a tankless electric, there are several things you might need to consider.
They require a lot more amperage and you will need an electrician to install 2 dedicated breakers as well as run new wire from the panel to the appliance. Also note the inlet and outlet pipes are usually only 1/2″ and may give you volume issues which effects pressure. Contact Us to book an appointment!
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