Suppose you were in the shower only a few moments before running out of hot water; you may want to look into water heater repair and replacement. If you have teenagers that shower for far too long, you may need a bigger water heater.
The average family of four uses approximately 63.1 gallons a day. The amount varies seasonally. People take long, hot showers in the winter. The average is 45.2 gallons of hot water per day in the summer.
When a leak is present in your hot water heater, you are experiencing a lack of hot water during your much-needed shower, or you have seen your energy bill rising without a cause that you’re aware of, it may be time to call a professional.
At Autry Plumbing, we can give you an assessment of your hot water heater’s condition and some guidance on your best course of action.
Let’s Talk About Water Heater Repair and Replacement
One thing that you should consider when you run into hot water heater issues is the age of the unit. Is there a possibility that the one you have could still be under warranty? Is the tank rusting? Is the problem as simple as the pilot light going out, or has the circuit breaker been tripped?
If the thermostat breaks, your heating element fails, or the valve is sticking, repairing your water heater can be pretty inexpensive.
The most pressing factor you should ponder is the age of the unit. Water heaters last about ten to thirteen years. If yours is that old, a replacement will be your best option.
Although water heaters aren’t the biggest ticket item in your home, the cost of a new one is a consideration. Gas storage tank water heaters are more expensive to install than electric. Both maintain hot water constantly, thus using more energy than tankless heaters. A tankless water heater is going to cost you a little more to install than other types of water heater. However, they are 58-60% more efficient, saving you money in the long run. Tankless heaters also take up less room if you’re short on storage space.
Other Considerations for Water Heater Issues
Before repairing or replacing your water heater, there are several other issues, especially if it’s under ten years old.
Have you had regular maintenance on the unit? Sediment buildup can affect the performance as well. Draining the unit will achieve good results and is recommended. Whether you do this yourself depends on how much of a DIY person you are and the time you have available. If you have any doubts, call Autry Plumbing, and we’ll service your unit while you tend to matters more important to you.
Check the unit by putting your hand on the side. Does it feel warm or hot? If it’s hot, you may only need some extra insulation to keep it at peak performance, or it may be time to replace it with a newer model.
Suppose your hot water needs have grown alongside your family. In that case, you should consider adding another unit so no one has to wait for a hot shower because the dishwasher is running.
Whether your family from out of town just arrived as the water heater gave out, or you want routine maintenance, call Autry Plumbing. We’ll be out to answer your questions, replace parts, or take care of your water heater repair/replacement.
We can help you pick a unit with an insulation R-value that will save your energy. Call Autry Plumbing now. We’ll help you keep peace in the family by keeping your hot water running.
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