Folks around Robbinsdale, Minneapolis, Fall is the perfect season to have your water heater inspected. Older water heaters are prone to problems, and an inspection of the unit is a good way to find out if trouble is in your future. Water heaters can be repaired, and that path is almost always less expensive than having the unit replaced. However, if the unit is older, more than eight years old, it might be more economical to replace the unit. Most tanked water heaters have a lifespan of ten years.
Water Heater Inspection
A P&D Mechanical plumber in Minneapolis will be happy to come out and inspect your water heater. The inspection is a service call where the plumber will inspect and clean the burn unit and check the water heater tank for leaks. Leaks mean that the tank either needs to be repaired or replaced. The overall decision for that is based on how old the unit is, and how extensive the damage is.
Some Common Water Heater Problems
A common repair problem is damaged or broken heating elements. This is usually noticed when there is no hot water. Heating elements on electric water heaters have a heating element and on gas water heaters it is referred to as a thermocouple. Both units can be replaced, and the unit will function like new. Another problem is the thermostat. If they fail, it can cause the water to be too hot or too cold. This too, is a fairly inexpensive water heater repair job.
A common complaint about water heaters is that they become noisy. This is a problem that can have several reasons. The primary reason is that the inside of the tank has sediments built up from hard water. If that is the case, it is a fairly easy repair. Sometimes water heaters will start to pop or bang, and that can be a sign that water heater replacement is in your future. This is a problem that is caused by small leaks in the bottom of the water heater. If the tank cannot be repaired then the unit should be replaced. It is much better to do this when you first notice the damage than it is to wait until the unit fails. The cost is much cheaper to replace a water heater on your schedule than it is to have it replaced on an emergency service call.
Water Heater Replacement Options
Sometimes there is nothing wrong with the water heater, but the families usage of hot water has outgrown the production of the water heater. If there is not enough hot water for everyone to have a shower in the morning or if you have to compete for hot water with your appliances, then you have two choices. First, you can replace the water heater with a larger model or secondly, you can have P & D Mechanical install a tankless water heater either in your kitchen or near the bathrooms. Tankless water heaters provide instant hot water and are the perfect solution to increasing hot water capacity in homes. They are often cheaper to operate than are tanked water heaters and they last nearly twice as long.
If you are faced with a water heater replacement situation then consider your options. You can go with another tanked water heater, or you can go with a tankless water heater. There are pros and cons for each. Usually, the best pros for a tankless water heater are that they are cheaper to operate and they last longer than a tanked water heater. The cons are they that they are more expensive, and they have a smaller output than the bigger tanked water heaters. If you have water heater troubles, just call P&D Mechanical. Any of our professionals will be happy to answer your questions and provide you with detailed information about water heater replacement choices. We will also be happy to send someone out for a service call too.
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