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Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

When is it time to replace a water heater?

Although regular water heater maintenance and water heater repair may extend the life of your hot water heater, it won’t last forever. Most water heaters have a life expectancy of about 10 years. Many water heaters need to be replaced when they’re 8-12 years old — that’s when they start to show signs of fatal wear, such as leaking around the base of the tank. A water heater should be replaced when it fails to sufficiently heat water for the home; if your heater is operating erratically, check first for a blown fuse or a tripped breaker to make sure an electrical issue isn’t causing the problem. Another time to replace a water heater is when you want to upgrade to either a larger model or a more energy-efficient one.

How many years does a hot water heater last?

Hot water heaters tend to last between 10 and 12 years. Like any mechanical machine, hot water heaters contain moving parts, high temperatures and pressures, and metals and other materials that fail. They won’t last forever. If you begin to hear telltale signs of failure like whining, knocking, creaking, or banging, your water heater is most likely on its way out and needs to be replaced.

What are the signs your hot water heater is going out?

Listen for sounds like rattling, clanking, whining, creaking or knocking. These indicate some mechanical stress or fault occurring inside the water heater. Because water heaters tend to last between 10 and 12 years, it’s wise to preemptively replace the unit if it’s old and begins showing signs of trouble. Other signs include leaking, no hot water and discolored water.

Why is my hot water not working?

The most common complaint among homeowners is that their hot water isn’t working — and the water heater is generally the culprit. Typically, it isn’t making the water as hot as you’d like it to be. When the water isn’t hot enough — or isn’t hot at all — run through this troubleshooting checklist for basic water heater repair tasks:

  • Make sure the power is connected to the heater, then reset the thermostat.
  • If it’s a gas water heater, make sure the pilot light is lit.
  • Raise the temperature setting on the thermostat.

If these stops don’t lead to hot water, it’s time to either check the heating element in an electric water heater or the burner unit and gas control valve in a gas-powered heater. A water heater repair and maintenance company can handle these repair jobs. However, if your hot water heater is eight years or older, it may be time to replace the water heater instead of repairing it.

Who can fix a water heater?

When a water heater stops running effectively, it’s best to hire a water heater repair professional to troubleshoot the problem. Whether it’s a plumbing company that offers water heater repair services or a provider specializing in water heater repair and maintenance, most repair companies offer same-day service as well as weekend and after-hours emergency calls. Usually, water heater repair professionals are experts in both electric and gas systems, as well as tank and tankless heaters, and can repair any kind of unit.

How much do new water heaters cost?

The cost of a new water heater depends largely on the type and size of the heater. The average national cost for a new water heater installation including a 40- to 50-gallon tank is $350-$780. Most homes don’t need larger tanks, but they are available — for a price. The average difference between a 50-gallon tank and a 75-gallon tank (the next most common size) ranges from $400 to $600. Hundred-gallon tanks are also available, and they can cost double or triple the price of a 50-gallon tank from the same manufacturer. New water heaters tend to be far more energy-efficient, so they can cut energy costs; homeowners may also be eligible for a new water heater rebate from their local utility company.

Typically, tankless water heaters, which heat water only when you need it, cost more but can save about 25 percent of annual water heating costs, on average. They also lose only 5 percent of their energy compared with a tank unit’s 30 percent energy loss. Note, too, that a water heater with a tank has a life expectancy of 10 years, while tankless units generally last about twice as long.

The final expense to consider is a possible disposal fee to get rid of the old water heater; some companies include it in the price, while others charge an average of $35-$150.

Reviews for Houston water heater repair professionals
Thumbtack Customer
I had a leaking water heater that needed to be either repaired to replaced. Gary was able to come out the same day, give a estimate, pick up and replace the old water heater with a new one. He was very nice and very reasonable in price as well as being very knowledgeable in his trade. Will definitely use his services in the future.
Brogdon Plumbing Co.Brogdon Plumbing Co.
Thumbtack Customer
We needed our water heater and A/C pans replaced and Chris was quick to respond and got it scheduled within a few days. He accommodated our schedule and was very respectful of the fact that our house was on the market and needed to be kept clean while repairs were done. Chris successfully replaced the pans and did a little extra work on the water heater that needed to be done. I would highly recommend!
Home Property Service Handyman RemodelingHome Property Service Handyman Remodeling
Willie B.
Mr Flores responded, on a short notice because I needed service, in the worst way...the thermostat had gone out, on the hot water heater, on a very cold day, in Houston and he was able to come out the same day and repair it....he also did another job....he is very professional, does great work and his prices are very reasonable....
Home services FloresHome services Flores
Mohammad Khalid A.
TJ came out and handled sealing up a water heater pipe that needed some sealant around one of the gas connections. He was obviously a professional and since the repair was exactly what the gas inspector indicated, he had it done in less than 10 minutes. Unfortunately for those (less than) 10 minutes of work and $2 in sealant I was charged $63. I was quoted a $39 trip charge that would be waived if work was done. I would understand if the cost was around $40, but despite no investigation needing to be done, the cost was $20 plus tax more than the stated quote. There was also no communication before the repair was done of what the total cost would be. I respect these guys but would hesitate to recommend them.
Turbo Home Services LLCTurbo Home Services LLC
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