Water Heater Installation
Need to have your old water heater replaced with a new, energy-efficient model in San Diego? Call LGE Prime Plumbing, your San Diego water heater specialists, now at (858) 366-8735 to have your water heater efficiently repaired or replaced in a timely manner so you can get back to enjoying hot water again in the shortest amount of time possible.
Your water heater will last a long time if it’s well-maintained. Every water heater has it’s lifetime though and it will eventually need to be replaced.
There are a number of choices when selecting a water heater. From a natural gas water heater, oil, solar energy, a traditional tank, or a tankless water heater. You will have many questions when choosing your new water heater and we are here to help. Some of the most common questions are addressed below.
Water Heater Q & A
How do I know I need a new water heater?
If you ever notice water around your water heater, there may be a leak that calls for the immediate attention of a water heater technician. Calling in a tech to do a leak detection will save you money in the long run; having your house flood due to a failed water heater will cost you a pretty penny, while a simple check-up will cost you just a fraction of that.
Also, if you find that you keep running out of hot water quickly, there are probably large quantities of calcium build-up in the water heater tank. Flushing the water heater tank will get rid of any material that has accumulated on the bottom of the tank, and the chances of a leak or other serious problems can be reduced.
How long does a water heater last?
The older the water heater, the more likely it is to break down. As a general rule, a tank type water heater will last, on average 8 to 10 years. Electric water heaters generally last 8 to 10 years, while gas water heaters may have a slightly shorter lifespan of 6 to 8 years.
Should I repair or replace my water heater?
If it’s a conventional storage-tank water heater nearing the end of its 10 to 13-year life, replacement is obvious: New models are up to 20% more efficient and can save hundreds in energy costs over the life of the unit. However, if your water heater is only a few years old, repair may be the way to go.
What can I do to make my water heater last longer?
Routine water heater maintenance will extend the life of your water heater. Water heaters should be drained once a year to flush out any build-up of calcium or other residue. In a addition, it is common practice to have a professional plumber technician come in and inspect all flex lines and gas lines, and more importantly, detect any leaks that could have developed.
How long does it take to put in a new water heater?
Water heater installations usually take around 2-3 hours to complete, depending on the model and type of the water heater in question.
What do I do if my water heater is leaking?
If you find that your water heater is leaking the first thing you want to do is turn off the power to your water heater.
Next, you will want to turn off the water supply at the cold water shut-off valve if the water heater leak is significant.
WARNING: Water heaters are typically factory-set to heat water to 125° F, which is hot enough to inflict first degree burns on skin on contact. When turned all the way up to maximum temperature (which can be anywhere from 160ºF to 190º F) serious injuries can result from even indirect contact with the water. Always take precautions to avoid coming into contact with heated water.
Most water heaters will have a valve located above the water heater (by code they are required to be here) that will shut off the water supply. This valve will either have a handle that you have to pull down, or a gate valve (essentially a dial) that you will have to turn clockwise to close. Before closing the valve, make sure you can get to it safely without coming in contact with any water. If you have a large, serious leak and cannot reach the water shut-off valve safely then you should find the main shut-off valve for the house and close it to stop the water supply to your water heater. Shutting the water off should slow, and may even stop the leak, depending on where it is coming from.
Lastly, call us to come out and check out your water heater.
Our professionals at LGE Prime Plumbing are experts at water heater installation, repair and maintenance. Our professionals are fully licensed, bonded and insured and are up-to-date on all building codes in San Diego county. We follow the highest standards when it comes to our workmanship and our equipment and our professionals are both courteous and tidy. We are also happy to give our customers free estimates. Call us today at (858)366-8735 to schedule your water heater installation.