Water Heater Installation and Repair in Southlake Texas
Schrader Plumbing abides by all laws and plumbing codes, including pulling plumbing permits from the City of Southlake and calling in inspections when the work is done, so you can rest assured you will get a safe, quality job done every time.
When you call Schrader Plumbing for Southlake water heater repair or Southlake water heater replacement, you can expect professional service from a licensed, skilled plumber. Schrader Plumbing offers 24-hour emergency hot water heater service, so you will have hot water again as quickly as possible.
Our technician will assess the situation, by checking the water heater system, including:
- Water lines to and from the heater
- Water and gas stop valves
- Temperature and Pressure relief valve, and the drain line to the outside of the building
- Air flow within the water heater area
- Exhaust vent line
- Dip tube
- Condition of the water heater, including all code specs
If a repair is all that is needed, most times the plumber can do the repair on the spot, unless special parts are needed.
If a replacement water heater is necessary, our water heater expert will help you determine which one is right for your home and budget, taking into consideration your water heating needs. Most any type or brand can be installed, including a tankless water heater.
What are some signs that my water heater is having problems?
- Lack of or loss of hot water to the whole house. If you have lost hot water to your home, or it is not heating like it should be, there is a good chance your water heater has problems. Signs to look for vary based on whether you have a gas water heater, electric water heater, or tankless water heater. One of our licensed plumbers can help diagnose the issue, and give you the best course of action for repair.
- Cracking or popping noises from the water heater unit. If you can hear popping noises coming from your water heater, this could be a sign it is on it’s way to having more serious issues.
- Leaking around or on the water heater unit. If you notice water coming out of the water heater unit, even just some moisture, the tank or pipes have been compromised, and can lead to a dangerous situation. It’s important to call a Southlake water heater specialist like Schrader Plumbing right away.
- T&P (temperature and relief valve) running or leaking. Your water heater has a T&P valve, which allow over heater or pressured water to release safely outside of your home. If it is leaking, that safety measure is compromised, and needs to be replaced immediately.
Most of these are essentially steel cylinders fed by a cold-water inlet pipe (the dip tube) that protrudes into the tank (this line includes the shutoff valve). Water is heated in the tank, and hot water exits through a hot-water pipe atop the tank. Another pipe that emerges from the tank includes the temperature and pressure-relief valve, which opens if either exceeds a preset level. You’ll also find a drain valve near the tank bottom and a control unit outside for setting temperatures and, on gas models, controlling the pilot-light valve.
Gas is the fuel of choice if you already have natural-gas service or can run a gas line to your home economically. Gas models cost more than electrics. But on the basis of national-average fuel costs, a gas water heater will cost you about half as much to run as a comparable electric model. Thus, a gas heater might amortize the up-front difference in cost in as little as a year. While you’ll also find oil-fired storage heaters, they’re relatively expensive, because they include the tank and an oil burner. That’s why homes with oil heat typically use an electric water heater.
Tankless models (a.k.a. instantaneous water heaters) are suitcase-sized units that heat water only when needed by using an electric coil (typically for low demand) or natural gas (for high demand) to heat water passing through a heat exchanger inside. They eliminate the risk of tank failure and the energy lost by constantly reheating water, though their heat exchanger can clog or fail. What’s more, they’re expensive to buy and install, and include limitations on hot-water flow rates, a possible issue in large households. And cooler incoming water in winter typically means your hot water may not be as hot as you like.
Here are four of the leading manufacturers of water heaters. Use them to compare water heaters by brand.
General Electric makes gas and electric water heaters. GE tank water heaters are available in multiple sizes, with energy-efficiency claims that vary by size and multiple levels of warranty coverage.
Kenmore makes gas and electric water heaters. Kenmore water heaters are available in multiple sizes, Power Miser, and Hydrosense electronic-temperature-control configurations.
Rheem manufactures and markets gas and electric water heaters. Rheem makes residential water heaters in tank, tankless, and point-of-use configurations and units that work with solar water-heater systems. Rheem water heaters are available in multiple sizes and with multiple warranties, with energy-efficiency claims that vary by size. Rheem tankless water heaters are available at Home Depot. Its tank water heaters are available online and through a network of dealers.
Whirlpool manufactures and markets gas and electric water heaters. Whirlpool tank water heaters are available in multiple sizes, and standard and power vent configurations.