If you are having problems with your water heater in Fort Worth, call Schrader Plumbing for a fast response by a technician that will diagnose the situation and find out what your best options are.
Water Heater Specialists in Fort Worth Texas
Water heaters can pose serious dangers if not worked on by someone who is experienced and licensed. The plumbers at Schrader Plumbing are licensed, insured and have over 20 years of experience working with water heaters in Fort Worth Texas. You can rest assured you are in good hands. Our water heater installations are inspected through the City of Fort Worth, and are only approved when the work is done properly and safely.
Do I need a new water heater?
One of our plumbers would need to inspect your water heater and system to see if a new water heater is needed, or if a repair will suffice. A water heater inspection by Schrader Plumbing consists of looking at the water heater itself, as well as the water supply coming into the unit, the temperature and pressure valve (T&P), in the case of a gas wate heater, the ventilation out of the heater and the ventilation of the space the heater is installed in, as well as the platform holding the heater and the drainage for the water heater. Electric water heaters get inspections on the electrical parts of the water heater as well.
How long does a water heater replacement take?
This depends on a few factors, where is the water heater located? If it’s in an attic, it will take a little more time, if in the garage, a little less time.
How much is a new water heater installation?
This depends on several factors, what kind of water heater are you getting installed, what kind of water heater are we removing, where is the water heater located, and more. Call Schrader Plumbing to get a quote on your water heater installation or repair.
How do I know I have water heater problems?
There are a few signs that your water heater is in need of attention. If you are experiencing any of these, call Schrader Plumbing to get a water heater professional to diagnose your water heater system.
- Popping Noises
Consistent popping noises can mean there are particles in your water heater unit, and an inspetion can tell if you are needing to get the tank drained or replaced.
- Water Heater Leaking
Your water heater may be leaking from several areas, from the top, the seals around the tank, even underneath. If you water heater is leaking, you have a potential in-house flood on the way. Once the small leaks give way, the entire tank, plus incoming water service can gush into your home, causing thousands of dollars in damages to your furnishings, flooring, walls, and the home itself.
- Loss of hot water throughout your home
If you have lost hot water in your home, or just have warm water, your water heater unit could be malfunctioning, or not performing up to standard. It is usually not long before complete loss of hot water happens at this point.
- Faucets getting clogged
Believe it or not, hot water heaters can be a source of problems for faucets. Gas water heaters have a “dip tube”, which essentially pushes the new cold water coming into the unit to the bottom of the tank, so the hot water stays at the top to be used. These can deteriorate, and when they do, you lose hot water, AND the particles can stop up your faucets. This can be a very expensive problem, as shower faucets have to be accessed through the tile, and sometimes, faucets cannot be repaired, but have to be replaced. Getting a water heater inspection in Fort Worth annually can help prevent this.
- Water running out of the T&P outlet outside of the home
A temperature and relief valve is a preventative measure against too much pressure building up in your water heater and exploding. At a certain temperature or pressure amount, it releases water into the drain line, which runs to the outside of your home. If this is running, it has either gotten old and gone bad, or there is pressure or temperature issues with your water heater. It is recommended to call a water heater professional in Fort Worth immediately, to make sure you’re not in danger.
- Smelling Fumes
Gas water heaters require proper ventilation, both coming out of the top of the heater, and in the space containing the water heater. If this ventilation is stopped, dangerous fumes can enter your home, and be dangerous to your family’s health.
If you think you need a water heater specialist in Fort Worth Texas, call Schrader Plumbing today.
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.