How to Replace a Hot Water Heater

Your hot water heater plays an important role in your home. The hot water heater heats up water that flows into your home so that you have hot water when you use your shower, do laundry, clean your dishes or wash your hands. The life expectancy of a hot water heater is between eight to twelve years. Once your hot water heater is reaching or has reached the end of its lifespan, a hot water heater replacement is needed. Here is everything you need to know about replacing your hot water heater. 


What Are the Signs of Issues With a Hot Water Heater?

There are a number of signs that are indicative of problems with a hot water heater. As a homeowner, you should be on the lookout for these signs, as they let you know something may be wrong with your water heater before it stops working. This gives you time to possibly repair the issues or to find a company to replace the hot water tank before you are left with no hot water. Some of the signs of problems with a hot water heater include not getting as much hot water as you once did, water not heating up evenly, water having a brown or rust-colored hue to it, hearing rumbling, popping, cracking or squealing noises, your hot water heater not powering on, or leaks from your hot water heater. If you notice one or more of these issues, your hot water heater needs to be repaired or replaced. 


What Should You Do If You Notice Issues With Your Hot Water Heater?

If you notice there are issues with your hot water heater, you can possibly attempt to fix the problem on your own. The first step is to ensure that your hot water heater is connected to a power source. If you have an electric hot water heater, ensure the unit is still plugged in and a fuse hasn’t blown. If the unit is gas, ensure the pilot light is still lit. If that does not solve the problem, you can turn the unit off, drain and flush the hot water heater and then attempt to use the unit again. 


When Should You Call in Hot Water Heater Professionals For Repairs or Replacement? 

Hot water heaters are complex machines that the average person should not attempt to repair or replace on their own. If your hot water heater is showing signs that something may be wrong with it, you can attempt very simple fixes, such as ensuring the unit is connected to power and that the unit is clean and ready to be used. If these simple fixes do not solve the problem, you will need to call in a professional to assist you. A professional has experience working with hot water heaters and knows how to properly inspect them, make repairs and help you determine if repair versus replacement is right for your unit. 


What Are the Benefits of Calling in a Professional to Help You With Hot Water Heater Replacement? 

The number one benefit associated with calling in a professional to help you with hot water heater replacement is that a professional knows what they are doing. They can often look at the unit and quickly diagnose it. If they cannot diagnose it quickly, they have the experience to troubleshoot it and solve the problem. Once they have diagnosed the unit, they can give you an honest assessment pertaining to repair or replacement. They will do things like weighing the age of the unit, determine the cost of the repair versus the cost of a replacement, and determine the current condition of the unit to give you an honest assessment as to whether repairing or replacing your hot water heater is the right move for you. All in all, you can trust that a professional knows what they are doing and are making honest assessments to help you determine which option is right for your home. 


Need Hot Water Heater Professionals? Call In Emory Plumbing in San Diego, California!

There are a number of benefits associated with calling in professionals to help you with your hot water heater. If your hot water heater is showing signs of being in distress, you need to call in hot water heater professionals to help you. A professional can help you determine if hot water heater repair or replacement is needed, and then they can work hard to get your unit functioning again. Reach out to us at Emory Plumbing in San Diego, California to schedule an appointment for hot water heater replacement or repair.