Water Heater Repair in Trophy Club
When you Schrader Plumbing for Trophy Club water heater repair or Trophy Club water heater replacement, you can expect professional service from a licensed skilled plumber. Schrader Plumbing offers 24-hour emergency water heater service, so you will have hot water again as quickly as possible.
If a replacement water heater is necessary, a Schrader Plumbing 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.
How can I tell if I need a new water heater?
There are several signs to look for when diagnosing your hot water heater. Below are a few of the tell tale signs.
- Lack of hot water If you are noticing a lack of hot water throughout your house, this can be a sign of a failing water heater or water heater part.
- Water or moisture present on or around the water heater If you notice water or moisture around the fittings, seal, or base of the water heater, chances are pretty good you have a compromised tank, and need to have it looked at by a licensed water heater plumber.
- Popping or strange noises If you are noticing popping noises in your water heater, there could be sediment build up, which in turn can cause flow issues in your hot water system.
- Lack of hot water pressure If you are noticing a lack of hot water pressure on one or more of your fixtures, you could have a sediment or dip tube problem, causing the fixtures to stop up. This can become a big problem, especially in show and tub valves. If the issue is not resolved, you may have to have tile or like material removed from around the fixture to access the fixture to replace or repair it.
- T&P valve leaking Water heaters have a valve to protect from heat and pressure build up, called a T&P valve, short for temperature and relief valve. This runs the the outside of your home, and should terminate on an outside wall, pointing down with copper. If water is running through it, it has been compromised and can pose a serious risk to your home and family.
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.