Repair and Installation for Water Heaters in the Greater Cincinnati Area
Every Cincinnati home needs a reliable water heater for daily living. Despite how important this appliance is, many homeowners tend to neglect water heater repair. With the average household consuming 80 to 100 gallons of water per day, a broken tank water heating unit would seriously disrupt your household’s activities!
When your water heater makes sounds or hot water is rusty, these are clues that water heaters send out, telling homeowners that something is wrong and water heater repairs are needed. If you put off your call to your plumber and the water heater does not get attention, minor problems can snowball into very serious issues – ones that have a high price to solve, whether due to extensive repair needs or the need for a brand new water heater. The sooner you recognize clues and performance problems, the sooner you can call for repairs and avoid more serious issues with your tank water heater.
Thomas & Galbraith Heating, Cooling & Plumbing provides repair and replacement services for water heaters in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, as well as cities and towns in the surrounding metro. When you need help, contact our customer service team and we will schedule an appointment with an available plumber for water heater service.
Cincinnati Water Heater Repair
Hot water heaters malfunctions are more likely to occur in homes with older water heaters. The life of a water heater is usually somewhere between 8 and 12 years – as with many other appliances, more problems occur towards the end of service life.
What’s different about tank water heaters is that neglected repairs for aging units could pose a safety hazard. Don’t risk it – make sure your natural gas water heater, electric water heater, or heat pump water heater receives repair as soon as problems arise.
Water Heater Maintenance in Cincinnati
Many Cincinnati homeowners do not realize tank water heaters require maintenance. Flushing the water heater tank is something that should be done on a yearly basis. As water passes through natural gas or electric water heaters, sediment and minerals fall out, and settle on the bottom of the tank. Over time, they build up, restricting space and blocking heating elements from delivering full energy to the task of water heating and the hot water produced is no longer done efficiently.
Flushing water heaters is a do it yourself project for many, but there’s good reason to hire a plumber for the job. Inexperience with the task could lead to hot water burns and damage to the unit if done incorrectly. For example, you don’t want to flush an older tank water heater if it’s never been done before!
Trust the Thomas & Galbraith plumbing team to deliver skilled water heaters maintenance services in addition to repair and replacement. Our team makes sure this task is performed safely and correctly to improve the efficiency of your water heaters. Avoid the risk of hot water burns and system damage by calling us when you need help with system maintenance for tank water heaters.
Cincinnati Water Heater Replacement and Installation
As mentioned above, water heaters should last around 8 to 12 years. They consume a decent portion of your home’s total energy spend, so an older, inefficient model isn’t necessarily a great unit even if it lasts as long or longer than expected. Upgrading to a new gas water heater, electric water heater, heat pump water heater, or even a tankless water heater could offer improved energy efficiency and performance for your family.
Turn to Thomas & Galbraith to learn your options for water heater replacement. We carry a fine line of tank water heaters that come in all sizes. If you need help, let our plumbing experts match you to the right equipment options based on the needs of your household.
If you wonder how much it costs to replace a hot water heater, call us today to request a free estimate for water heater replacement.
Shopping for a New Water Heater
Approximately 14 percent of your home’s annual energy bills are water heating expenses – the water heater is the 3rd largest energy consumer in the home, behind space heating and air conditioning. Because this process accounts for a significant portion of your energy dollars, you want to make a smart decision when shopping for new equipment.
When you need to replace your gas water heater, electric water heater, heat pump water heater, or even tankless water heaters, the plumbers of Thomas & Galbraith are available and ready to assist you in finding the right water heater to fit your household’s hot water demands. Generally, we tell our customers to evaluate the following criteria to help them arrive at the best equipment option for their homes.
- Water heater capacity. A top concern of Cincinnati homeowners is what size water heater do they need? To determine the appropriate capacity for a new water heater, we need to look at a unit’s First Hour Rating (FHR). The first hour rating shares the number of gallons of heated water that can be supplied by the unit each hour, starting when the tank is full of water. It’s important to size your new water heater accurately, because a unit that is too small won’t be able to meet your household’s hot water demand, while a unit that is too large expends more energy than necessary. Make sure you determine the right size for a new gas water heater, electric water heater, or heat pump water heater – call Thomas & Galbraith and have our plumbers perform the necessary leg work to determine water heater sizing for your home.
- Energy efficiency. Higher efficiency water heaters are going to cost less to operate than lower efficiency units – since this system will be in service around a decade, it can greatly impact your natural gas or electric bill. Look at a water heater’s Energy Factor to determine its efficiency – the higher the EF, the more efficient the water heater. Utility costs also play a role in determining the best choice for your home. Higher efficiency electric water heaters may cost more to operate than lower efficiency natural gas water heaters purely due to utility rates – if you have a choice between gas or electric water heating, check into this before you decide which way to go.
- Water heater cost. How much does it cost to replace a hot water heater? Price is an important consideration but it shouldn’t be the only determining factor. Look for the best option within your price range and be sure to consider operating costs over the years, not just the purchase cost.
Frequently Asked Questions
The average cost of a water heater install is between $999-$3,500. The price depends on what type of water heater you would like installed and what is required to bring the water heater up to local code standards.
A water heater’s lifespan ranges from 8-12 years.
It may be possible for you to install your own water heater. You should check your codes and ordinances to see if they allow homeowners to install their own water heaters. Some districts require that you pull a permit and have it inspected for safety before installing the water heater yourself. Please check your local laws and regulations.
Your water heater may need to be repaired or replaced if you’re noticing any of the following signs: discoloration of water, running out of hot water fast, signs of corrosion, leaking water, or irregular water temperature.
Consider replacing your water heater when you start running out of hot water or the hot water doesn’t last as long as it did in the past. You can have a 15 year old water heater that works perfectly fine. We recommend replacing a water heater only when it starts acting up and you’re having issues with it.
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Thomas & Galbraith Service Area
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