Having plenty of steaming hot water on tap whenever you want it is a luxury that’s hard to do without. If your hot water needs aren’t being met for any reason, it’s good to know you have options. Are you in need of water heater repair, water heater installation, or a tune-up for improved efficiency? C & W Plumbing has you covered.
When Is It Time to Call a Plumber?
The most obvious sign that you many need water heater repair is that you have cold or lukewarm water coming out when you turn on the hot tap. Water that suddenly becomes too hot can also signal a problem. There are other warning signs you might notice that indicates your water heater needs attention. If you notice any of these signs, there’s likely a problem that requires fixing:
- Corrosion. If there’s corrosion on your water tank or on associated pipes and fittings, they need to be replaced. These jobs can be done by an experienced C & W plumber.
- Bulging Tank. A bulging water tank indicates that there’s something wrong with the tank’s pressure valve. This is potentially a very dangerous problem that needs a plumber’s attention ASAP.
- Noisy tank. If the water tank gurgles, creaks, knocks, whines, or bangs, it usually needs flushing to remove sediment that is collecting in the tank. Flushing a heater is a common water heater repair, and can be done by an homeowner,but there’s a few safety steps to implement:
- Always remember to switch off electricity or gas first
- Let the water in the tank cool before flushing
- The shut off valve to the unit may seize up and stop working. If this occurs, it must be replaced and it’s time to call a professional. This problem is best fixed now instead of waiting until the end of the heater’s life and finding out the unit can’t be shut down.
- Spike in utility bill. An unexplained increase in your heating costs may mean your water heater is losing efficiency. A broken dip tube may be the culprit. If you’re not able to detect the source of the problem, it is best to seek water heater repair with a licensed plumber.
Get Professional Water Heater Installation with C&W Plumbing
C&W carries water heaters from quality brands such as Rheem®, Rinnai®, and Noritz®, giving you an efficient supply of hot water from a brand you can trust.
Water heater repair or installation… it’s easy and convenient:
With C&W Plumbing on your side, installing the hot water system that’s right for your needs is easy. We offer:
- Same day appointments – We offer same day appointments in many cases and take special care to leave our work site clean and presentable!
- Courteous Plumbers – Every technician is background checked, drug tested, and performs continuous training in plumbing and customer care. Our plumbers care about you!
- Simple, upfront pricing – We will review your situation, and provide a written estimate before any work starts.
- Quality parts – We only use the best water heaters and parts for your water heater repair or replacement. We also offer extended warranties!
- Satisfaction guaranteed – If you’re not happy with our work for any reason, we will continue working until we exceed your expectations!
- 24/7 emergency service – Got an issue that just can’t wait? Call us any time, any day. We’re here to help!
- Disposal of old water heater – We’ll deliver your new water heater and dispose of your old unit!
- City permits – We’ll take care of pulling the permit and scheduling the inspection according to both your city’s regulation and your convenience.
- Our customers love us! We are continuously recognized by sites such as Angie’s List, HomeAdvisor, Thumbtack, Expertise.com, and more! We’re also A+ rated with the Better Business Bureau!
A range of financing options: Apply now!
C&W offers Synchrony financing for purchase and installation of water heaters, so you can spread the cost of your heater and installation out over time, from 6 to 36 months and with as little as 0% interest. You can also opt for different options for warranty on labor and parts to give you peace of mind and the best possible solution for the lifespan your new water heater and the anticipated time in your home. C&W will customize the best solution for you. For more financing options, click here.
Get Hot Water Fast! Call C&W Plumbing Today
Give us a call today at 972-395-2597 , and one of our licensed, experienced plumbers will be out to inspect your current setup and give you an estimate for water heater repair or water heater installation. Your estimate will depend on several things, including:
- Water heater type (conventional vs tankless)
- Size/capacity of the unit
- The location (usually the garage or attic)
- Extended warranties
- and other factors
We can also provide you with multiple estimates for various water heaters, so you can choose whichever suits you best.
Discounts Available on the coupons page and with our USA savings plan.
Have Questions about Water Heaters?
Water Heater Repair Versus Replacement
When choosing between repair and replacement, there are a few key questions to ask:
- How much life can I expect my water heater to have?
- Does the current water heater meet my needs, or do I need an upgrade?
- What is the cost of repairs vs the cost of a new water heater?
If your water heater is close to the end of its expected life, and the difference between repair and replacement isn’t significant, you may be better off replacing the water heater.
Types of Water Heaters
What’s your best option?
If water heater repair isn’t an option, you’ll need to replace your water heater. Or, you may want to expand your hot water capacity with a second heater! You have more choices now than ever before. The conventional tank style water heater is a great option, but you can also choose a tankless water heater, heat pump or a low-emission water heater, which is a good choice if you want to minimize your home’s carbon footprint.
Conventional tank water heater:
This kind of water heater uses a flame or element to heat the tank and water inside. The supply of hot water is limited to what the tank can hold, so there’s always the risk of running out of hot water on heavy-use days. These water heaters usually are less expensive in terms of up-front costs. The cost of a tank water heater depends on:
- the size of the tank
- type of unit selected
- warranties on the tank itself
- the method of heating the water
Gas water heaters are usually more expensive than electric water heaters. With electric powered water heaters, a homeowner can select from a 50 gallon standard unit or an energy efficient heat pump unit. Tank-style electric water heater systems have an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years. For gas-powered units, homeowners can install a 50 gallon standard unit, a direct vent water heater, or a power vent water heater. There are several options due to the venting requirements and original construction of the home. Gas-powered systems tend to have shorter lifespans, typically around 8 to 12 years. Installing a conventional water heater requires:
- Turning off the gas or electricity before draining the water tank
- Turning off the water and cutting the lines
- Removing the old unit and setting in the new
- Reconnecting the water lines and vents
- Restoring the gas or electricity
- Performing a number of tests and checks to make sure everything is working correctly
- Scheduling city inspectors to verify the workmanship was done according to safety requirements
Like this option? C&W Plumbing is offering a great deal!
We’ll install a new 12-year tank and cover a 5-year labor warranty as low as $22.99 per month with approved credit. And don’t worry about the mess of installation and cleanup—that’s included too!
Tankless water heater:
Tankless water heaters instantly heat cold water to the desired temperature. The tankless system takes up much less space than the tank style unit, allowing you to reclaim storage space in a closet or attic. These units also have a lifespan of more than 20 years, twice as long as that of a water tank. While these units are more expensive to buy and install, water is heated instantly as it’s needed which means there’s no energy used to maintain the water’s temperature, like there is with a tank water heater. Since water is heated on demand, there’s no risk of running out. Installing a tankless system is more complicated than simply replacing a tank. It’s usually necessary to install a new gas or electricity supply line, venting, as well as water supply lines. Otherwise, the process is similar: The water heating unit is mounted in its own box and connected to its power supply and waterlines. In most cases, the venting is replaced. Because the tankless units run using more BTU’s, many units require venting that is more robust. Your plumber will perform some checks to confirm the unit is properly installed and connected and as a final check the city will inspect the final installation. To learn more about tankless water heaters, click here.
Electric versus gas water heaters:
Water can be heated with gas or electricity, with each method having its own pros and cons. Generally, it’s safer to heat water using electricity, and electric water heaters have longer lifespans with lower maintenance requirements. To learn more about electric water heaters, click here. Gas water heaters typically have lower monthly costs and lower carbon footprints. With gas, you also have the advantage of having a hot water supply even during power outages. Typically gas heaters have higher recovery rates and heat incoming water quicker which means that in high use times when the hot water in the tank has been used it doesn’t take as long for the gas unit to reheat incoming cold water. To learn more about gas water heaters, click here.
Use Hot Water Usage to Help Pick Your Type of Water Heater
Another way to understand what kind of water heater is best for you is to find out how much water you need.
For a hot water tank:
Estimate your peak hot water demand, meaning how much hot water your family will use at the busiest times of the day. Often this is in the morning, when showers, dishwashers, and clothes washers are likely to be in use simultaneously. Here is cool tool to help you: Click Here In order to choose a new tank, find a hot water tank model that has a “first hour” rating that fits your needs. This rating is a measurement of how much hot water a full tank can supply in the first hour of use.
For a tankless system:
These systems are rated according to the maximum temperature they can achieve at a particular flow rate. To estimate your family’s needs, consider how much hot water you’ll use at any one time. For example, will you be likely to need hot water for washing clothes, taking a shower or bath, or running a faucet all at the same time? Add up the flow rate for each device, and then think about how often they might all be used simultaneously to decide what your flow rate needs to be. As well as this, think about the temperature you’ll need your water heated to. In most cases this is around 120 degrees.