Water Heater Replacement and Installation
If you're located in Streatham, Norbury, West Norwood or Croydon and require assistance with water heater replacement or installation, then Plumbing Professional has got you covered. Simply give us a call or fill in the form and we’ll get back to you in an instant!
In today’s day and age, living without a properly functioning water heater is near impossible. You just rely on it so much for our day-to-day activities, that in the case that it breaks or needs replacing, you naturally want it done as soon as possible, and that’s where we come in!
Reasons To Replace a Water Heater
Replacing a water heater is not something you do every day, so first, you need to decide whether you should replace it. The most common reasons for water heater replacement are listed below. We suggest contacting a local plumber to get a better idea about the best course of action for your current situation.
Your Old Water Heater Is Leaking
If upon inspection you find a leak, then you should know that this is a serious issue. Usually, this means you have a problem with the tank itself and its highly likely that it’s already beyond repair. However, before losing all hope, call up a local plumber and have them inspect it and give you their verdict. You’ll need them anyway for the replacement of the water heater, so getting them acquainted with the problem is a good idea.
Has it been a while since you flushed your water heater? Sediment buildup can cause serious damage to the heater and the whole plumbing system. The consequences are more drastic as time goes by. If you haven’t flushed it in a while, the first thing you’ll notice is that the water heater is making a weird sound during heating. You can flush the water heater yourself or call a plumber, it’s entirely optional. People often call a plumber the first time and then decide whether or not they’ll be doing it themselves in the future. No matter which option you go for, it’s important that you do it at least once a year.
The hard truth is that nothing is built to last forever, and usually around the 10-year mark is when the water heater is going to start causing problems. Some problems can be fixed, others can’t, and some are just not worth fixing. You should monitor the utility bill for any sudden increases in consumption, as that’s usually the first sign of a water heater going bad. Calling a plumber to determine the exact cause of the fault and whether it’s worth fixing is the recommended course of action.
Rusty water often indicates serious inside rotting of the water heater, and that means you’ll have to replace it. There’s also a protective layer between the metal and water, so rusty water would mean that it has been breached. Another possibility is that it’s the pipes that are rusty, not the body of the water heater itself. Sometimes it can simply be due to sediment buildup. As you can see, this is hard to diagnose without a detailed inspection, so it’s advised to contact a local plumber and have them look into it.
Even if your utility bills aren’t increasing, as mentioned above, it’s worth comparing the efficiency of your current water heater to the modern ones. First, you’ll need to find out how old your water heater is, which you can do by referring to the serial code located on the tank. A simple Google search will reveal all the necessary information.
Technology has significantly advanced, and what may have passed as efficient 10-15 years ago may now be a serious money sink.
Gas VS Electric
Determining whether to install a gas or electric water comes down to a few factors.
First of all, you need to see whether or not you have a gas supply line at all. Connecting to a gas line if you live in a house is usually an easy task, but it can become quite complicated if you’re in a flat. Furthermore, the higher you are, the weaker the gas pressure will be, thus needing a stronger pump, which increases the price.
Electric heaters are considered to be more energy-efficient, in terms of transferring the heat. Their upfront price is usually lower than that of the conventional gas water heaters, while the overall operation costs tend to be higher.
Tankless vs Traditional Water Heater
Many people today are going with the option of tankless (on-demand) electric water heaters. These tend to be more expensive than their regular electric counterparts, but can save you a lot of money if you don’t use your water heater often.
The main factor to consider is how many people are there in your household. The more there are, the less likely it is that the tankless water heater will be worth it.
How Long Does The Installation Of a New Water Heater Take?
If you contact us, we can give you an accurate estimate, since without knowing the specifics, it’s hard to say. It would depend on whether it would be only an installation or a complete water heater replacement, meaning we would have to remove the old water heater. Usually, it takes a few hours, but the whole process will certainly be completed in one day. So, no need to worry, you won’t be left without warm water for long.
DIY Water Heater Replacement and Installation
Now and again, we get calls from customers asking whether or not they can replace and install the water heater themselves. This is a dangerous and bad idea, as many things can go wrong in the process. You don’t replace your water heater every day, so it’s important that you do it right and have that peace of mind for the next 10 or so years.
Contact Plumbing Professional and Get It Done Right
Contact the best plumber in Streatham, and get your water heater installation done properly by professionals with years of experience.