That huge tank in the garage or side room holds all of your current hot water, ready to serve the dishwasher, laundry, and faucets. You may not think much of this appliance until something goes wrong. At B & D Plumbing, Heating & A/C, we know how inconvenient it is to have to wait for hot water. That’s why we provide fast, efficient water heater repairs and replacements. Our team serves customers throughout St. Michael and the surrounding areas.
What causes water heater problems?
Water heater problems are often a result of poor maintenance, the water inside the tank will slowly decay the supportive material. To combat corrosion, make sure your water heater is maintained at least twice a year. During a routine inspection, we will adjust the thermostat and repair it if necessary. The tank's interior and exterior will be inspected as well, so we can perform quick repairs if we see any potential problems. Consistent maintenance checks will reduce problems you have down the line.
How long do these units typically last?
Water heaters are expected to last about 10-15 years with proper maintenance. Avoid holding the water at scorching temperature levels, and use the "vacation" setting when you leave your home for several days.
We can also measure your home’s water pressure. Excessive water pressure reduces your water heater’s life span. While we are checking the pressure, we can also inspect the rest of your water heater for issues that need to be repaired. Your unit can last more than a decade with consistent care.
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Water heater installation and replacement
Your water heater is more than a tank with a heating element. As such, installation can be quite complex depending on the size, type and make of the unit you want to be installed. The typical installation will require expert training and specialized tools.
For safety and optimum efficiency, call in an expert. Our seasoned professionals will do the job just right and ensure a proper installation.
If you’re deciding on a new water heater, our team of experts can help. Our technicians are experienced at installing nearly any type of water heater. We offer full-service water heater installation and replacement. Whether it’s tankless or electric/traditional gas, you can count on us to assess your hot water needs and explain the benefits and costs of all options.
When the time comes to replace your water heater, consider the following:
- Fuel Type, Cost and Availability: The energy source or type of fuel you use for water heating will affect not only the water heater’s annual costs of operation but also its energy efficiency and size.
- Size: You need a properly sized water heater that will provide your household with enough water and maximize efficiency.
- Energy Efficiency: To minimize your costs and save energy, it’s a good idea to know the water heater’s energy efficiency rating before purchasing it.
- Costs: Before settling for a particular water heater, it helps to estimate its annual cost of operation and compare the costs with other more or less energy-efficient models.
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Repairing vs. replacing your unit
A repair is almost always possible if the tank itself is not damaged. Erratic thermostats or a faulty gas line are simple repairs we perform for you.
However, you will need to replace your water heater if the tank shows signs of corrosion or rust. For example, a rusty tank base will allow small puddles to form underneath. There may even be a crack along the tank's exterior. We will replace the unit before it bursts open and floods the area around the tank.
How can you avoid problems in the future?
Water heater problems are easily avoided with regular tank draining and internal rod replacement, carried out by your plumber. Make plans to have us drain your tank twice a year, which will allow us to better inspect the tank’s interior walls for signs of trouble.
Residing in the tank's center are sacrificial anode rods. These rods attract corrosion, leading to a longer lasting tank. We can replace the rods to keep corrosion problems at bay.