Between 12 and 14 years is the average lifespan of a water heater. In the right hands, yours could last you a long time if you take good care of it. Your water heater will inevitably require extra attention at some point, just like any other appliance. No matter what type of repairs, installation, or replacement you need, Elevated Comfort’s licensed plumbers will assess your situation, explain it in plain language, and offer you options to fit your budget.
When to Consider Repairs for Water Heaters
If you have a water heater problem, when are you going to fix it? The following signs may indicate that your water heater needs to be replaced:
- Noisy unit. Every appliance makes some noise. You should look into having your water heater inspected and possibly repaired if it seems unusually loud (whether it is gas or electric). Crackling, rumbling, or popping sounds are to be heard.
- The water heater is a bit old. When your water heater approaches its tenth birthday (or if it’s even older), it’s time to contact Elevated Comfort. You can have your hot water heater inspected and repaired before any damage becomes costly.
- Hot water not available. A clear sign that there is a problem with your water heater is if it taps out of hot water too soon. Relighting the pilot might be all that is needed for gas water heaters. Make sure your circuit breaker is working if you have an electric system. It’s time for repairs if you’re shivering in your shower and neither of these things are broken.
- There is water leakage. The presence of leaking water heaters is a clear indication that something is amiss. Check the heater’s fittings, connections, and temperature-pressure relief valve first if you find water around it. If all looks well, it may be time to have repairs made to identify and fix the problem. You may also need to get your water re-cleaned if it tastes metallic or is discolored.
Water Heater Maintenance
You can prolong the lifespan of your hot water heater by contacting us for regular maintenance or detecting problems early enough. A water heater replacement may be in your best interest, however, if it is approaching its decade milestone and experiencing issues. Replacement may also be in your best interest for other reasons. Perhaps you are not getting enough hot water in your home or business. It may be that the previous homeowner did not have a large family and the hot water tank was large enough to meet their needs, but not yours.
For our customers who live in Northern California communities such as Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Healdsburg, Mill Valley, Novato, Petaluma, San Rafael, Windsor, San Anselmo, Corte Madera, Larkspur, and their surrounding areas, we repair, replace, maintain, and install every major brand of water heaters. Contact us or call us at 707.284.1039 if you would like to schedule your water heater service.
Water Heaters FAQs
A 40-gallon water heater costs between $330 and $1,500 on its own, or between $500 and $2,500 with installation. Tanks of larger capacities are more expensive, with a 75-gallon tank costing up to $2,500!
Whenever you need to install, repair, or replace a water heater in Northern California, you should contact Elevated Comfort.
Gas-powered water heaters should last about 8 to 12 years on average, but their lifespan is highly dependent on your location. Depending on the sediment level in the water heater's tank, its lifespan will be affected.
There could be a faulty electric thermostat, a faulty upper heating element, or a lack of power causing a lack of hot water. You may be dealing with a faulty heater element or thermostat, or you may have an undersized water heater.