Do You Need A New Water Heater?

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Water heaters are necessary appliances in any home, delivering hot water for showers, hand washing, cooking, and cleaning. But if the only thing coming out of your tap is freezing cold water, you probably have a water heater issue at home. Repairs can quickly address some problems, while others may necessitate a complete water heater replacement. So how can you tell when to get a new water heater? Here at General Service Plumbing, we’ll help answer that question and resolve all your water heating concerns. When your water heater is in trouble, we’ll be there on the double!

Water Heater Repair Vs. Replacement

At General Service Plumbing, we base our water heater services on honest communication and hard work. So if we ever detect issues with your unit that a quick fix can resolve, we won’t ever try to sell you on a replacement. For example, replacement parts for the following are sometimes all we need to get your system running again:

  • Heating elements
  • Valves
  • Thermostats
  • Igniters
  • Motors

But if your unit is older than ten years or experiencing more severe problems, a replacement may be the better option. If so, call our professionals at 323-855-7911 for help. We’ll inspect your water heater and provide an honest assessment of its condition.

Signs You Need A Replacement Water Heater

Water heaters don’t usually break down out of the blue. Instead, they often display early signs of issues, such as:

  • Discolored water – Cloudy, rusty, or brownish-looking water can indicate water heater deterioration or sediment buildup. A corroded unit develops leaks in your water supply, leading to discolored water coming out of your faucets.
  • Water leaks – Water heaters are supposed to be watertight. If your unit leaks water, that indicates something is failing. Leaks can worsen over time and cause severe damage to the unit and surrounding area.
  • Strange smells – If your hot water or tank emits strange odors, it could be due to problems like bacterial growth or metallic grits and flakes mixing with your water supply.
  • Loud noises – If your water heater makes strange rattling or rumbling noises, it is likely due to sediment buildup moving around your tank.

Left unaddressed, many of the above problems can lead to water heater inefficiency and failure. Your tank may even rupture and cause extensive water damage in the vicinity. Therefore, scheduling a replacement earlier rather than later is best to avoid expenses and property damage.

The Best Type Of Water Heater

When it’s time for a replacement, our installation experts can supply you with a new, energy-efficient water heater. General Service Plumbing specializes in tankless water heater installation to reduce energy bills and provide near-instantaneous water heating to your home. Although standard water heaters are cheaper to install, tankless heaters cost less to run.

As a result, they operate more efficiently, leading to energy savings that outweigh the initial purchase cost of standard units. In addition, you can rely on a tankless water heater for up to 20 years compared to the 8-12 years of conventional water heaters. So if you’re interested in a tankless water heater replacement, be sure to contact us for more information!

Contact General Service Plumbing For All Your Water Heater Needs

At General Service Plumbing, our experts are on standby 24/7 for reliable water heater repair and replacement. One call is all it takes to resolve all your water heating concerns. Our technicians undergo extensive training and certification to service all major water heater brands. So the next time you’re dealing with cold water at home, call our plumbers at 323-855-7911 for immediate help!

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