When your home’s water heater requires repairs or needs to be replaced, there’s no cause for alarm. Every day, families call on professionals to help with water heater installations and repairs for their homes. If you don’t know anything about water heaters of how to find, install and repair one, a plumber can be your best resource for moving forward.
The following are a few benefits to calling on a plumber in Grand Rapids, MN during the water heater installation process:
Water heater selection
By working with a plumber you have a knowledgeable guide to help with the selection process. If you’re looking for a larger water heater to accommodate your growing family, your plumber can guide you in the right direction. If you’re looking to save money on your energy or water bill, your plumber can help you install a newer water heater that has a great energy efficiency rating. The more energy efficient you water heater is, the less your water bill will be.
A plumber can help you evaluate what is best for you, as well as tell you how large the water heater is and what the recovery rate – or the number of gallons the heater will heat per hour – is on the new heater.
Safety comes first
Some homeowners try to install or replace a water heaters by themselves as a way to save time and money. However, it’s always best to seek help from a professional. Installing a water heater includes coming into contact with carbon monoxide, natural gas and a pressure-controlled holding tank. If the heater is not installed correctly, it can cause safety problems. The installation process can also uncover hidden problems and be challenging in other ways.
By hiring a plumber, you’re working with an expert who knows exactly how to install the new heater, reconnect the gas, electric, water and venting lines, test the heater and haul away the old heater. Hiring a professional will give you less stress, and can ultimately save you money.
Repairs vs. replacements
Whether a water heater needs to be repaired or replaced normally depends on the age of the water heater and what part is causing the problem. The average age expectancy of a water heater is eight to 12 years, so if the water heater is more than 10 years old, it’s probably time to replace it.
Your plumber will look to see if your tank has a leak and needs a replacement, or if its valves have a leak and it’s able to be repaired. If you notice any massive leaks, sediment in the water coming out of your faucets or water that doesn’t stay hot for as long as it used to, it’s time to contact a plumber.
It’s better to be safe rather than sorry and contact a professional as soon as you suspect something is wrong, or if you know you need help finding a new water heater. For a knowledgeable plumber in Grand Rapids, MN, contact Rapids Plumbing & Heating Inc today.