Water heaters play vital roles in every home in Northbrook, IL. If your water heater isn’t working properly, it will impact many areas of your life. But don’t worry, you have a friend in the HVAC and plumbing industry: Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric. Call our licensed plumbers whenever an issue evolves with your water heater. Our professionals will assess your unit, pinpoint the issue, and offer accurate advice about your options for repair or replacement.
As with other mechanical devices, your water heater requires routine preventive maintenance to live its longest life. However, every water heater will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. It’s likely time to consider replacing your water heater if you notice any of the following:
Considerable leaking is never a good sign. Typically, it means that the tank inside your water heater has ruptured or rusted to the point where it is unable to contain water any longer. This causes an obvious issue with the water heater itself, but also can cause significant damage to your home.
If you notice a sudden spike in your energy or water bills, it could be because your water heater is malfunctioning. Of course, it doesn’t have to be your water heater; it could also be other home appliances that are working wastefully. Whatever the case, the professional plumbers at Ravinia Plumbing will isolate the problem and get it resolved for you.
If your water heater never shuts off, it will cause a significant increase in your electricity or gas bill. A professional plumber will assess your water heater and offer reliable solutions to restore efficient operation and bring those bills back down to where they should be.
If there’s no hot water coming out of your tap, it could mean that your water heater’s pilot light simply needs to be relit. Or, it could be a more serious issue, like a burnt-out heating element. Whatever the case, the licensed plumbers at Ravinia Plumbing will determine the cause and restore your hot water supply.
If your hot water has a brown tint to it or a funky smell, it’s probably due to mineralization occurring inside the heater tank. It could also be caused by the accumulation of mineral sediments in the tank. Routine maintenance can help to prevent the damage that mineral sediments can cause and keep the water clear and scentless like it should be.
There are two basic options for water heaters: tankless and tanked.
Tankless water heaters are highly efficient relative to their traditional countertype. Tankless water heaters only heat water when you require them to. They do not constantly keep a tank full of heated water. That translates into lower energy bills and a longer lifespan for the unit. Tankless water heaters do contain more parts and as such have the possibility of more frequent repairs. Tankless units also need to be delimed once every 1 to 2 years depending on usage.
Conventional water heaters are less expensive initially than tankless water heaters. However, they are not nearly as energy efficient as tankless water heaters are. The general trend for new homeowners is to go tankless. If you’re unsure which style is best for your needs, talk to the helpful experts at Ravinia Plumbing today.
Ravinia Plumbing has proudly served Chicago’s North Shore and Chicago’s Northwest suburbs since 1928. We are a family-owned business that cares about bringing value, comfort, and safety to all our friends and neighbors in this region. For all your plumbing-related needs, contact Ravinia Plumbing today.
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