Traditional Water Heater Repair and Installation in the Indianapolis Area
In average households, each person uses roughly 80-100 gallons of water a day – that’s a lot of water. In fact, it’s an amount that can send a flood of dollars out of your wallet if you’re relying on an outdated or broken water heater.
Tank water heaters are still common in many homes throughout Indianapolis. A water heater is an expensive plumbing appliance, and we tend to push off replacing it until it breaks beyond repair. Water heater repair and water heater installation are often put off as long as possible. It is also a piece of plumbing equipment that we forget about until we wake up to shower with no hot water. We may hear the water heater making noise, trying to tell us there is a problem, but we ignore it which may lead to a more extensive repair that if we would have nipped it in the bud.
It’s important to get out in front of any problems as fast as possible. The quicker you react to an issue, the better chance you’ll have to save time and money on water heater services. Don’t ignore it while high price problems grow! Many water heaters can be repaired instead of replaced if you catch it in time!
If you notice rusty water, rumbling or banging sounds coming from your tank water heater, an increased amount of time required to heat your water, or puddles of water under your water heater, it’s time to call the professionals about repair or replacement options.
Need help? Williams Comfort Air provides plumbing services such as repair and replacement services for water heaters in Indianapolis, Indiana, as well as cities and towns in the surrounding metro. Contact us for assistance with your hot water needs, as we repair all natural gas water heaters, electric tank water heaters, and tankless water heaters.
Water Heater Repairs in Indianapolis
Tank water heaters offer an average service life between 8 and 12 years. When the unit in your home starts to near this range, repair issues are likely to pop up. Don’t leave these issues unattended, or you could risk leaks and water damage to your home, or total failure of your water heater, requiring replacement right away.
Whether your home utilizes a gas water heater, electric water heater, heat pump, or tankless water heaters, Williams Comfort Air can make the repairs needed to improve performance of your hot water system.
If your water heater is providing you with less than optimal service, it’s probably time to call a professional. Older homes in Indianapolis, IN can be at risk for potential hazards like leaks related to the age of their water heaters. Water heater tanks can become a safety concern if the problem is left unattended. Schedule a time for one of our experts to come out to repair your water heater. If it’s an emergency, please call Williams Comfort Air right away.
Consider These Options When Choosing the Right Water Heater for Your Home
Heating your water is the 3rd largest energy-using process in the home. Water heaters account for about 14% of your utility bill. The cost of heating your water is a large investment, but costs can be controlled – here are some things that you need to know to make an informed decision when choosing a water heater.
- Capacity is crucial in choosing the appropriate water heater for your home. Before you start the search, you need to determine what size water heater you need. The first-hour rating (FHR) is the number of gallons of hot water that the water heater can supply in an hour when the tank is full. This is the most important factor in correctly sizing your water heater. If you choose a water heater with a tank that is too small, you won’t have enough hot water to meet your needs. If it is over-sized, it will heat more water than you use which increases your energy usage and utility bills. Call Williams Comfort Air to find out what size fits your needs and to install the correct water heater in your home.
- Energy Efficiency. The energy efficiency of a storage hot water heater is indicated by its Energy Factor (EF). The higher the EF rating, the more efficient the water heater is. However, water heaters with a higher EF value doesn’t always mean it will have lower operating costs. You must also consider the cost of the type of fuel your water heater will run on. For most, options include natural gas water heaters or electric water heaters. Choosing a tank with at least 1.5 inches of foam insulation and an Energy Star rating is advisable.
- Most Indianapolis homeowners wonder how much it costs to replace a hot water heater. While the cost of the water heater itself is important, don’t ignore the operating cost. You may save money on the equipment but pay more to the utility company.
Indianapolis Water Heater Maintenance
Water heaters need to be flushed once a year. It’s not uncommon to forget about this important yearly maintenance, but flushing your water heater can help it last longer and could also save you money on energy costs by restoring the efficiency of the water heater. A 15-year old water heater that has never been flushed, could have up to eight inches of sediment in the bottom of the tank. The sediment takes up space that could be filled with hot water for you to be using. That sediment contains calcium, scale, rust, dirt, iron, and sulfuric‐smelling bacteria, and your tap water is heating up with all that in it.
Flushing a water heater is a simple process; one of our plumbers will shut off power to the water heater—if it is an electric heater—and turn off the heater’s water supply. After flushing all of the water and sediment from the water heater tank, the water supply is turned back on and the tank is refilled. This process helps to prevent clogged water lines and buildup of mineral deposits in your water heater.
Although a water heater flush can be a do‐it‐yourself project, you’ll be dealing with scalding hot water, potentially under high pressure, and may run the risk of damaging your tank’s heating element if the flush is not performed correctly. Call Williams Comfort Air to arrange for one of our professional plumbers to evaluate your water heater to determine if flushing the system is right for you. There are times that a flush could potentially cause more harm than good. If our licensed plumber determines a flush is what is needed, he will quickly and efficiently do the work for you.
Indianapolis Water Heater Replacement / Installation
Your water heater consumes a lot of energy in your home. Most water heaters are built to last for 8-12 years. If your water heater exceeds that age range, you should consider replacing it with a newer, more energy efficient model. Williams Comfort Air offers service on all brands, sizes, and models of water heaters in Indianapolis. We can make professional recommendation based on your specific needs and install any type of water heater. We have an outstanding complete guarantee on water heater installations that are above and beyond industry standards.
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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