Water Heater Repair and Replacement
Water Heater Repair
When you have a water heater problem call the plumbing professionals at Humphrey Plumbing Heating and Air. We can help with common water heater problems such as water leaking, slow recovery time, no hot water, popping noises, and pilot light problems. A leaking water heater does on always have to be replaced. Our expert plumbers can evaluate your water heater problems and provide options for repair. Problems such as a pilot light not staying on may be indicative of other issues such as venting. Your water heater is one of the most important appliances in your home. It heats the water that we use to shower, clean, and do laundry with. If your water heater is in need of a professional evaluations call the experts at Humphrey Plumbing Heating and Air. Our office is centrally located in Bountiful Utah and we service all of Salt Lake and Davis counties.
Water Heater Installation
The typical lifespan of a water heater is around 10 years. If you are considering replacing your water heater please give us a call. Our knowledgeable plumbing experts can give you recommendations and options on types of water heaters for your consideration. We install 40 gallon, 50 gallon, tankless water heaters and more. Gas lines and flues are brought up to code with every install. Humphrey Heating and Air can also help you get the Thermwise rebate on qualifying models. Our skilled plumbers leave the job site cleaner than when they found it.
Steps to installing a gas water heater
Step 1: Evaluation
The first step to installing a new water heater is evaluating the job. What type of water heater will be used? There are many choices including gas, electric, tankless, and high efficiency. Measurements will need to be taken to make sure that the old one has space to come out and the new one has enough room to fit. Flues and gas lines should be inspected to see what will need to be replaced. Tankless water heaters often use PVC flues which will need to be vented to the outside of the home.
Step 2: Removal
The removal of the old water heater can be a laborious process. Water shutoffs will need to be turned. Because these valves don’t get used very often they are usually hard to turn. In some cases, they are frozen and can’t be turned. In these instances, other methods will have to be used to shut off the water. Old water heaters often have sediment built up in them. This will cause a problem when draining the water. The sediment also makes the water heaters very heavy. Removal should only be attempted with two people and a dolly. Care should be taken to turn off gas lines completely. A water heater installation is more technical than you might think. Our skilled plumbers have methods to deal with each and everyone one of these challenges.
Step 3: Preparation
Before installing the new water heater it is important to prepare the area and the water heater. Pipes should be cleaned and sanded. New water shut offs may need to be installed. The area should be thoroughly cleaned and dried. At this point, our plumbers will also take an inventory to make sure that all the needed parts and supplies are available. If a tankless water heater is to be installed this is the step in which our plumbers will run the new flue and gas line.
Step 4: Installation
The installation of a water heater should only be done by a skilled plumber. Pex pipe may be used to replace old copper lines. Alternatively, new copper lines which are sweated in with solder might be the way to go. Care should be taken to install everything to code and in conjunction with the installation manual. Gas lines will need to be sized properly and leak checked. Connections should be done with care and checked for leaks. Flues should be replaced and updated when necessary. In many cases, a water regulator, expansion tank, and an earthquake strap will need to be installed. The proper tools are essential to a quality water heater installation.
Step 5: Final Checks
After installing the water heater a plumber will turn on the water and let the tank fill. Faucets will be opened to remove any air from the water pipes. Connections will be checked for signs of leaks. After the water heater is lit adjustments may be needed to ensure proper combustion. Tankless water heaters will need a lot more set up than a standard gas water heater. The final step is the cleanup. Our plumbers will leave the area cleaner than when they found it!
Other water heater types
Humphrey Plumbing Heating and Air can also help you with your electric water heater, high-efficiency water heater, tankless water heater, and even your commercial water heater.
If you are in need of a new water heater please give Humphrey Plumbing Heating and Air a call. Our Master Plumber can discuss the types of water heaters for your Utah home. Tankless water heaters may be eligible for a rebate from Questar.