Most homeowners have suffered through a broken water heater at some point. It can be incredibly frustrating and inconvenient. After all, you need a properly functioning water heater to provide hot water for showers, baths, cooking and cleaning.
Whether your home’s water heater has stopped working completely, or your want to be proactive and replace an aging water heater, contact the licensed plumbers at Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric for water heater installation in Lake Bluff, IL. We have several different makes and models of water heaters to choose from based on your individual needs and budget. Keep reading to learn more.
Ravinia Plumbing installs the following types of water heaters:
You’re probably most familiar with traditional tank-style water heaters. As their name suggests, these units hold water – usually 40 to 75 gallons – in a large tank. Tank type water heaters last about 12 years on average. While they are less expensive to buy than tankless models, they aren’t as energy efficient. Tank water heaters must continuously heat the water in the tank so it’s ready when needed.
Many Lake Bluff, IL homeowners, though, are electing to go with tankless water heater models. Tankless water heaters last on average about 20 years and are about 25% more efficient than their tankless counterparts. This is mainly because tankless units heat water on demand and do not need to keep the water inside the tank hot at all times. Another advantage of tankless water heaters is they rarely run out of water. Tank models, on the other hand, will temporarily stop providing warm water once the tank completely empties.
Your water heater will begin to exhibit signs that it needs to be replaced. If you’re unsure, though, contact a licensed plumber to inspect the unit and provide recommendations about whether repair or replacement is your best option. Some common signs you need a new water heater include:
If you own a residential tank water heater, consider replacement services as a preventative measure after about 12 years. Older tank models are more prone to leaks and breaking down as they age. Tankless models, meanwhile, often last 20 years but will also begin to show wear and develop issues the older they become.
Brown or rusty water are clear indicators that your hot water heater may be nearing the end of its expected lifespan. Unpleasant odors and a brown tint to the water are signs of mineralization inside the tank. Regular water heater maintenance can help prevent mineralization from occurring.
Any water heater leaks should be inspected immediately before they lead to flooding in your Lake Bluff, IL home. Leaks often signal the inside of your water heater is rusted or ruptured and will only get worse over time. If you notice rust on the outside of the tank, the inside of the tank is likely even worse.
A sudden spike in your energy or water bills could indicate a malfunctioning water heater that needs to be replaced. Some common issues that can cause higher bills include an incorrectly set thermostat, reduced efficiency, a unit that’s too small for your home or an aging unit.
A water heater that won’t shut off is often caused by a defective gas valve. If your water heater is relatively new, a repair may do the trick. Contact a reputable plumbing company to inspect the water heater and restore efficient operation through a repair or replacement.
If your water heater is acting up or showing signs of deterioration, contact the licensed plumbers at Ravinia Plumbing. We’ve been in business for nearly 100 years, and our plumbers have the training, know-how and experience to install a variety of types of water heaters. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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