Water Heater Repair and Replacement
Water heater repair and replacement is one of the most common issues you’ll face when dealing with home ownership. When you need immediate service for your water heater, you can rest assured knowing you will receive the best plumbing services in Central Texas by calling Greenwave Plumbing. Greenwave Plumbing repairs or replaces gas, electric and tankless water heaters for homes in the Austin, Kyle and Buda areas.
Our well-trained technicians keep up to date on the latest advances in plumbing technology so that we may pass those advances onto our customers. Greenwave Plumbing also specializes in energy efficient water heater repair and replacement for your home.
We carry Navien and Rinaii certified water heaters.
How can I tell if my water heater needs to be repaired or replaced?
There’s a wide variety of tell-tale signs that your water heater may need maintenance. Luckily, Greenwave Plumbing repairs or replaces all types of water heaters, including gas, electric and tankless heaters of all ages. The most common water heater issues include:
- Lack of hot water – One of the easiest to spot indicators of a water heater issue is a lack of sustained hot water. If your water heater quickly goes from hot water to cool water, or if there’s no hot water at all, it’s a likely sign that there’s an issue that needs evaluation.
- Leaking – Any leakage from your water heater tank, pipes, connections, or valves is reason to call a licensed plumber immediately. Reasons for leaks can vary from small adjustments or parts to large repairs.
- Corrosion – If you notice rust or wear around your water heater tank, it could mean there’s a leak in your system that could be causing water heater failure.
- Odd-smelling water – If you notice a rusty, musty, or earthy smell coming from your water, it may be a sign that your water heater needs to be serviced.
- Noise from water heater – Popping, rumbling, vibration or other odd noises from your water heater can be an indicator of anything from moderate issues, to a full tank failure. These sounds need to be addressed by a licensed plumber as soon as possible.
If you notice any of these issues, or just want peace of mind that your water heater is functioning properly, call Greenwave Plumbing.
Why it’s important to repair water heater immediately
Water heater damage can quickly turn from bad to worse in most scenarios. Holding off on a water heater repair can turn into an entire water heater replacement if your problem isn’t fixed immediately. Additionally, leaks and corrosion can cause mold in your home, as well as other problems if not addressed.
Conventional Water Heaters
Conventional or tanked water heaters are invisible workhorses, providing hot water by simply turning a handle. Tucked away in a garage, closet, or attic; water heaters keep a supply of hot water ready for all your daily needs.
Conventional water heaters store water and maintain a constant temperature for the stored water, so that as soon as you need hot water, it’s readily available for your home. As you use hot water, more water enters the tank and is heated, so your hot water remains constant.
Conventional water heaters are most commonly heated with gas, though propane and electrical varieties are available as well. A burner at the bottom of the unit heats up the water, to the tank’s desired temperature, where the level is maintained.
Hot water exits the tank from the top of the unit, and new water enters the tank from the bottom to ensure that the tank is always filled and maintaining hot water. Because the water is constantly heated, it means that your water heater is always running to maintain a constant temperature, which reduces overall energy efficiency compared to tankless systems, although there are many improvements in tank insulation and energy efficiency over older models.
Water heaters do get old and stop working reliably over time, and can require repairs or even replacement.
The average lifespan of a conventional water heater is about 10-15 years, depending on how heavily a water heater is used and maintained. Because conventional water heaters are constantly maintaining hot water, they’re always on and always working, which reduces their lifespan compared to tankless systems.
Conventional water heaters are built to have hot water wherever you need them, and they take a significant amount of water before you’ll notice losing some hot water. Conventional water heaters are typically able to give your home more gallons of hot water per minute, so if you have a family, or would like the convenience of running a washer, dishwasher and shower at the same time, conventional water heaters are the perfect choice.
- Hot water seems to run out faster than it used to
- Water temperature fluctuates, or gets hotter without adjustments being made
- Water tastes and/or smells bad, often like gas or rotten eggs
- Rust and calcium deposits on the tank or piping
- Water isn’t getting as hot as it used to
- Loud popping or other sounds coming from the water heater
- Pilot light goes out repeatedly
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters offer several benefits, including lower energy costs, constant hot water, and space savings. Tankless water heaters heat water as the water is used, which means constant hot water, and no reservoir, making the system take up much less space. This is ideal for homes of all sizes.
Tankless water heaters heat water on demand, without using a storage tank to have preheated water ready to go. When hot water is needed, either a gas burner or an electric heater heats the water, which is only active when hot water is being used. This saves your home from incurring standby heat losses associated with conventional water heaters.
Tankless water heaters can be installed centrally in your home, or can be installed at the point of use, depending on your home’s water consumption.
The average lifespan of a tankless water heater lasts 20+ years, depending on how heavily a water heater is used and maintained. Tankless water heaters typically last longer than conventional water heaters because they are not in constant use, and only turn on when necessary.
Tankless water heaters are much smaller than conventional water heaters. Small enough to mount in even a tiny bathroom closet, tankless water heaters remain out of sight.
If you live without high volume water needs, tankless water heaters are also typically more energy efficient than conventional water heaters, and can save you more money in the long run than a conventional water heater because they avoid standby heat losses.
- Water temperature fluctuates, or gets hotter without adjustments being made
- Water system fails when running multiple hot water appliances at the same time
- Calcium deposits on the tank or nearby piping
- Water Heater fails to turn on, or doesn’t ignite
- Temperature sensor not working or overheating
Water Heater Repair
When it comes to water heater repair, the professionals at Greenwave Plumbing are here to help identify issues and fix your water heater. Once we determine the fix necessary, we find, order and replace any broken pieces in your water heater system to ensure long life from your gas, electric or tankless water heater.
Water Heater Replacement
Generally, water heaters 10 years or older should be considered for replacement when there’s a problem. If your gas, electric or tankless water heater needs work beyond repair, Greenwave Plumbing is happy to offer comprehensive solutions to fit all needs. We’ll replace your broken water heater with the best, energy efficient option for you.
Water heater service boils down to three fixes:
Flushing your water heater every year or two can help keep sediment buildup down, and prolong the life and reliability of your water heater.
2. Parts Replacement
There are parts on your water heater that can fail, and will need to be replaced to return your water heater to full functionality.
3. Water Heater Replacement
Sediment erosion can cause the tank to leak, and that cannot be repaired.
If your water heater is over 10 years old, and needs several components replaced, it may be more cost effective to replace your water heater, rather than throw good money at a bad unit. The newer model water heaters are more efficient and safer than the older models. Regardless of your water heater needs, Greenwave Plumbing’s licensed professionals can help. Call to schedule your water heater service today!
Greenwave Plumbing Advantages
Apart from our excellent service and experienced staff, Greenwave Plumbing has quality benefits for repairing/replacing your water heater, including:
- Free Estimates on Water Heater Installs
- All work performed by professionally licensed plumbers
- One year installation warranty on Water Heaters
Contact us to schedule your free Estimate!
Areas we serve
Greenwave Plumbing services Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Kyle, Buda, Lockhart and the surrounding areas with plumbing needs for your home. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you!