Water Heater Repair, Maintenance, Installation, and Replacement
Are you experiencing cold water at the end of your showers? Is water dripping off of or pooling under your water heater? Does it seem like your water heater is constantly running or in the ‘on’ setting? Was Blockbuster still around the last time your water heater was replaced? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, trust the friendly professionals at Hoffman Plumbing to help you with your water heater.
With more than 55 years of serving the communities of Reno, Gardnerville and Carson City, you can trust that Hoffman Plumbing will diagnosis any challenges you are having with your hot water heater and offer honest, practical solutions to remedy your unique situation.
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Let Hoffman Plumbing Keep Your Hot Water Heater Healthy
Water Heater Maintenance
Much like changing your oil and rotating your tires on your vehicle, a water heater requires annual maintenance. While most people do not think about it, annual preventative maintenance is vital to allow your unit to operate at a maximum efficiency. Operating at the maximum efficiency level will not only add years of service to your water heater’s life but will also reduce your energy bill as the unit will be working smarter, not harder.
Tankless, Electric and Gas Water Heater Repair
To say that it is frustrating when things break is an understatement. Don't allow the frustration and stress of a broken water heater ruin your day. The calm and friendly plumbers at Hoffman Plumbing are able to diagnose your problems and present you with options and suggestions on water heater repair options.
Water Heater Installation and Replacement
When your gas water heater or electric water heater is beyond repair and needs to be put to pasture, allow Hoffman Plumbing to partner with you in selecting your new water heater. As each home or office is unique, our professional staff is able to assess your living or office space, listen to your needs, and will work with you to offer practical suggestions.
At your convenience, Hoffman Plumbing will remove and dispose of your old system and install your new water heater that will meet or exceed installation code requirements. Most of the time, our technicians can install the new unit in less than 3 hours, causing a minimal disruption to your family or business. Always check our website for current promotions and offers.
Types of Water Heaters
Standard Water Heaters
When you think about water heater repair services, standard water heaters are usually what comes to mind: a large cylinder full of hot water. Hoffman Plumbing in Reno NV has experience with small residential water heaters all the way up to 100 gallon commercial-grade units.
Tankless Water Heaters
If you are looking for a water heater that is more efficient to run and less expensive to use, consider a tankless water heater. They take up less space and only make hot water when you need it, they do not heat and store gallons of water inside the tank like the standard water heaters.
See the below chart for a comparison between the standard and tankless water heaters in regard to the upfront purchase price, the annual operating cost, and the efficiency of the heaters. The direction of the arrows indicate whether the price or cost is generally higher or lower over the span of your water heater’s life.
Annual Operating Cost
Whether your energy source is electric, propane, or natural gas, we offer a variety of water heater replacement options and sizes that will fit your unique need.
There are many options when it comes to heat pump, natural gas water heaters, electric water heaters, and tankless water heaters. Whether you're building a new home or just need to replace an old unit, we'll help you select the right model. Hoffman Plumbing will also work with you to schedule annual preventative maintenance to ensure your new energy efficient hot water heater is working appropriately and for many long years.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long do Natural Gas Water Heaters and Electric Water Heaters Last?
An average water heater lasts between eight to 12 years with routine maintenance. However, tankless water heaters (systems that heat water supply when required) may last for over 20 years. You may check the serial number of your heater units to identify their age and decide when it is time for a replacement.
Additionally, other variables affect the lifespan of a heater unit, including the quality of installation, unit design (some manufacturers offer energy-efficient units built to last), and frequency of maintenance.
What Size Water Heater Do I Need?
The most effective way to calculate water heater size involves calculating peak hour demand (the time of day that sees the most hot water usage). Additionally, you should consider the number of people using the supply (i.e., family of four). Each measurement should center on first-hour ratings (the gallons of water supplied by a heater within an hour).
Generally, most water heaters provide the following capacity:
40 gallons: one to four people
50 gallons: four to six people
75 gallons: six to eight people
How Do You Flush a Water Heater?
It is essential to keep water heaters well-flushed to maintain them in top working order. The systematic flushing process eliminates sediment build-ups that may otherwise clog water lines and compromise the performance of your units.
A basic flushing process involves a six-step approach:
Locate the tap of your heating system
Connect a hose to the tap and ensure a tight fit
Lay out the hose and align the other end of the hose to a suitable water catchment area (i.e., drain)
Turn on the tap and use safety equipment (i.e., gloves) for added insulation from hot water flow
Alternate three cycles of five-minute water flows and non-flows from tap to flush the system
Turn off the valve for safe removal of the hose
For additional details and photos, visit How to Flush a Residential Water Heater
What Are the Signs That Your Hot Water Heating Elements Are Going Out?
Sometimes it seems like heating elements go out without notice, but you can prevent that wanted surprise of cold water if you keep an eye out for various indicators that it is time to install a new unit. These include:
Signs of Rust:
These may appear on the exterior of heater units water tank or corrosion from within the installation. In the latter, you can identify the problem through metallic-tasting or discolored water running from the tank.
In Reno NV, standard heating units last eight and 12 years, while tankless installations may operate slightly over 20 years. Keeping units around longer than their service lifespan could result in poor temperature regulation or injuries (i.e., explosions due to pressure buildups) in worse cases.
You should hire a plumber to replace leaking heater units quickly as these lead to water wastage and high energy consumption fees. Most leaks originate from the base of the heating appliance, especially for older units.
Cracking and clanking sounds indicate the build-up of sentiment within the heating unit. When left unattended, these sediments will gradually erode the interior lining of your heater, rendering it non-functional.
Factors to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace your water heater:
The age of your water heater
The current water heater warranty
The energy efficiency of your current water heater
The cost of water heater repair compared to the cost of a new water heater replacement
How often your water heater breaks down
The availability of parts for your specific model water heater
How long do you plan to stay in your current home?