Supply of water heater installation and replacement services for gas, electric and instantaneous water heaters
When it's time to upgrade your water heater and install a new one, you can count on Benjamin Franklin Plumbing. We'll help you make the perfect selection that suits your unique needs and budget. From installing a gas line to adding an expansion tank, we follow every specification down to the last detail. Whether you are looking for a traditional water heater or a modern alternative, our experienced technicians can get your unit installed correctly.
Types of water heaters
There are numerous types of water heaters on the market including:
- electrical units
- solar systems
- Units on request
- conventional units
- storage tank units
- gas units
- Tankless units
- High efficiency units
gas water heater
Gas water heaters have a higher initial cost than electric options, but can save you money in the long run due to the low cost of natural gas. If you decide to have a gas heater, it is advisable to regularly check the gas line, gas valve and water tank to prevent leaks and deposits. This will extend the life of your water heater, ensure it is performing at its best, and protect your home and family from potential dangers.
electric water heaters
Electric heaters generally offer lower initial costs, but typically result in higher monthly utility bills compared to gas heaters. However, because electric water heaters run off the grid, they are more environmentally friendly, especially when the local electricity comes from renewable energy sources.
Natural gas and propane heaters
Propane is obtained from raw natural gas: separated and refined in natural gas plants. On the other hand, natural gas is a diverse mixture of propane, butane, ethane, and methane. Highly processed propane gas has many advantages: it heats water twice as fast and burns half as much gas per hour. This makes propane water heaters more energy efficient than natural gas appliances. A disadvantage, however, is that the propane gas bottles have to be refilled manually.
Signs you need to replace a water heater
Soaring utility bills, slow leaks, corroded or rusted tank liners, and hot water shortages are all valid reasons to replace your water heater immediately.
Water accumulation or wet carpet
If water is pooling around the bottom of your water heater, there is likely an internal structural issue causing a slow leak. The root cause can be sediment build-up, a crack in the steel liner, excessive rust, a faulty drain valve, or a faulty temperature and pressure relief valve. Unfortunately, leaks can be difficult to repair and usually require replacement as soon as possible to prevent further water damage and mold growth.
high water bills
When a water heater becomes silted up, old, corroded, neglected, or set to an excessively high temperature, your water and electricity bills can double your costs. The main cause of high water bills is a leak. Regularly checking for moisture and signs of dripping is an easy way to spot problems before they get out of hand.
Takes a long time for hot water
Ideally, a water heater should be as close to your water fittings as possible to ensure quick delivery. Tankless water heaters are a great solution: they can be mounted anywhere and deliver two to three gallons of hot water per minute. Unlike slow heating storage tanks, tankless units also have the advantage of heating water instantly.
Another effective solution is to install a hot water recirculation system that returns unused hot water to the water heater. Circulating hot water systems can heat your shower and clean dishes without leaving the faucet running for long periods of time. Delivering hot water quickly means you don't have to waste gallons and inflate your monthly water bill while waiting for the water to reach a satisfactory temperature.
The gas unit must constantly re-ignite
A bad thermocouple is the most likely cause of pilot light problems. This device regulates the flow of gas in your water heater. When the temperature rises, the thermocouple opens the gas valve. When the indicator lamp goes out and the temperature drops, the thermocouple closes the gas valve. Getting your cables disconnected or your sensors getting covered in dirt and dust can cause it to malfunction and cause your check engine light to go out when it shouldn't.
Should I repair or replace my water heater?
We recommend seriously considering a new water heater if:
- Your appliance is not providing enough hot water.
- Your device often breaks down and requires expensive repairs.
- Your device is over 10 years old, worn out and losing efficiency.
- Your device leaks or rusts due to minerals in the water.
When the pilot light flashes, the circuit breaker trips, the burner fails, the valve sticks, or the thermostat goes bad, repair and replacement should be inexpensive. However, if an older water heater experiences recurring problems and repairs, it is wise to consider replacement options. New models are up to 20% more efficient, saving you hundreds of dollars in energy costs over the life of the device.
How long do water heaters last?
A conventional hot water tank should run trouble-free for 10 to 13 years before time-related problems arise. Electric tanks usually last 8-12 years, depending on the design and frequency of use. Solar and instantaneous water heaters are the most durable, typically lasting 20 to 30 years. The life of a water heater can be extended by conducting proactive maintenance, installing a water softener, and regularly draining deposits.
Cost of installing and replacing water heaters
The price of a water heater depends on many factors, including:
- One size fits all
- The difficulty of installation.
- The necessary materials
- Removing an old drive
- The work involved
- The need to purchase permits or retrofit the space to meet the code
- Technical characteristics (some models, like hybrids or solar water heaters, can be difficult to install)
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Benefits of getting a new water heater
A new water heater offers many benefits, such as:
- Providing enough hot water to meet all your needs
- Improving your energy efficiency
- Reduced likelihood of emergency failures
- create more space
- make less noise
efficiency and money savings
Newer water heaters are energy efficient and cheaper than older units, which is good for the environment and your wallet. Tankless systems, electric heat pumps and solar water heaters offer even more significant savings on utility bills. Some of these green options may even qualify for federal tax credits.
hot water recovery rate
The second most common reason for replacing water heaters is to increase the amount of hot water. By upgrading to a tankless system or a larger tank, you can ensure your home has enough hot water for showering, washing dishes, doing laundry, and other chores. Our team can help you choose a model and size that suits your needs.
Instantaneous water heaters have the advantage of being incredibly compact. Tankless units are a fraction of the size of traditional storage heaters and can be as small as a briefcase. An instantaneous water heater can also be easily mounted outdoors or on a wall, while storage heaters require a specific area and unused space.
Produce less waste
Each year in the United States, approx7.3 million conventional tank water heaters end up in landfill. With an instantaneous water heater, you have a durable appliance that lasts longer, is made with reusable and recyclable parts, and generates significantly less waste.
Tankless systems also drastically reduce energy consumption.If every water heater in North America was a highly efficient tankless alternative, the continent would save annually:
- 290 million gallons of heating oil
- 164 million gallons of propane
- 6 billion kilowatt hours of electricity
Why it's important to maintain your water heater
A water heater can be a dangerous piece of equipment, especially when installed by a hobbyist and left unattended for an extended period of time. Maintenance protects your home from:
- Leaks in the water heater that can lead to fire hazards and mold outbreaks
- Gas line and chimney leaks that can cause explosions and/or carbon monoxide poisoning
- Faulty water temperature controls that can cause severe burns
Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
According to theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), accidental CO poisoning causes more than 400 deaths, 20,000 emergency room visits, and 4,000 hospitalizations each year in the United States.There are three main ways that water heaters can cause carbon monoxide poisoning:
- The drive was installed incorrectly.
- The device is rarely serviced.
- The device is not sufficiently ventilated, so the gas has nowhere to escape.
prevent fire hazards
Water heaters are responsible for a surprisingly high percentage of home fires each year. To protect your home from fire, we recommend:
- Check your water heater for gas and water leaks
- Keep flammable materials and dirt away from the device
- Know how to turn off the device quickly
- Keep area well ventilated
- Have your water heater installed by a professional
Avoid electric shock
There is a small risk of electric shock with electric water heaters. Because water conducts electricity, a faulty electric water heater can transmit a shock. For this reason, grounding your electric water heaters is an essential safety measure.
Tankless water heaters have unique risks. To protect yourself from electric shock, check for loose cords, check the TEST button and fuse box, never point the shower faucet at the assembled body, and have your appliance checked regularly by a professional.
prevent structural damage
Most modern water heaters are fitted with a cathode/sacrificial anode bar to prevent oxidation. Unfortunately, this rod can deteriorate over time. Industry experts therefore recommend checking the anode rod regularly. Our maintenance team can remove the dipstick, inspect it and even replace it if necessary.
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Repair of water heaters
Repairs can be expensive, so we recommend proactive maintenance. At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, we offer a year-round water heater maintenance program calledBen Franklin society. This program is a wise investment that can help you avoid nasty emergencies and costly repairs. for preventionFixed minor issues, our routine visits will help you greatly extend the life of your water heater.
Marine Energy.gov, Instantaneous water heaters are 24-34% more energy efficient than traditional appliances in homes that use less than 41 gallons of hot water per day, saving homeowners money every year.Tankless unitsThey are so efficient because they heat the water as needed. Cold water flows through a pipe to the unit, where a gas or electric burner heats the water instantly. This process enables constant hot water without waiting.
solar water heater
Unlike traditional water heaters, solar water heaters are independent of the electricity grid. High-efficiency solar systems use solar panels to harvest clean, renewable energy from the sun. While solar water heaters are more expensive upfront, they will save you money on utility bills and reduce your carbon footprint.
An expansion tank can literally be a lifesaver. Expansion tanks come in a variety of sizes and provide a relief vent for pressure that can build up in closed circuit tanks. This is a critical security measure. Water expands as it heats up, and if there isn't enough space, this expansion can cause the tank to rupture. By installing a surge tank to support the main tank, we can vent this potentially explosive pressure.
Frequently asked questions about water heater replacement
When it comes to replacing a water heater, many questions can arise. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is available 24/7 to answer all of your questions.
What is the difference between gas and electric instantaneous water heaters?
Gas water heaters use natural gas or propane to heat the water. Electric water heaters use electricity. It should be noted that switching from an electric appliance to a gas appliance can be particularly difficult. In such a scenario, extended gas lines and new vents will likely need to be installed.
It's also helpful to understand the differences within each type of water heater. For example, electric heat pumps are often more energy efficient than traditional electrical appliances. Electric heat pumps can even run cheaper than gas appliances, despite the consistently low cost of natural gas.
Can I install a water heater myself or should I hire a professional?
We recommend that you do not install your new water heater yourself. A simple DIY mistake can have serious consequences:
- A pressurized tank can explode if the temperature and pressure relief valve is installed incorrectly.
- The risk of electric shock and fire increases when wiring is improperly connected or sized.
- Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur if a gas line, chimney, or valve is improperly installed.
Our experienced technicians can help you choose the right size and model water heater for your home and install it safely.
How long does it take a plumber to install a new water heater?
Our certified and experienced technicians work quickly. Usually we can remove an old drive and put in a new oneabout three hours. Several factors can affect this time frame, including the need to add new gas or water lines. Regardless of the situation, we work in a hurry and are always on time. Because our company motto is:If you're late, you pay™.
Does home insurance cover water heater replacement?
Some policies consider a water heater to be part of a home and cover it under residential cover. Your water heater may also be covered by equipment breakage insurance. However, standard homeowner insurance policies generally do not cover water heaters unless they are specifically added for an additional fee.
Do I need a permit for a new water heater?
Most cities, counties, and building authorities require multiple permits to ensure that a newly installed water heater meets current safety codes. Here are 2 possible requirements:
- If electrical modifications are required, an electrical permit may be required.
- If you need to add or modify existing gas or water lines, obtaining an installation permit is a common requirement.
If you are replacing a traditional water heater, modern building codes may also require upgrades for your:
- Installation of the water heater
- ventilation system
- drain pan
- supply lines
Does a new water heater need an inspection?
Applying for a permit almost always involves a mandatory inspection, which includes a long list of security checks. An inspector will inspect various components including:
- the gas lines
- The exhaust pipe
- Relief/Dump Valve
- the combustion chamber
- Earthquake Restrictions
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