There are many things that can go wrong with a water heater, including leaks, broken tanks, and general wear and tear. While some issues can be repaired by homeowners, more serious problems require the services of a plumber. A professional plumber will have the training and tools to fix most issues and will be up to date on local codes and permits needed for water heater installation. Plumbers are also familiar with the specifics of different water heater models and can help homeowners decide which type is best for their homes.

One of the most common reasons for a plumber’s call is to replace an old and worn out water heater. Newer models are more energy efficient and can save homeowners money on energy bills. They can also be installed in places where older models may not be suitable, such as in garages or attics.

When a homeowner hires a plumber to install a new water plumber water heater replacement heater, the plumber will first drain the old tank. This process involves connecting a garden hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank and routing it to a floor drain or exterior window or door. The plumber will then drain the water from the hose until no more hot water is coming out of the tank.

Once the plumber is done draining the old water heater, they will disconnect it from the gas and supply lines using specialized tools. They will then remove the old water heater and replace the vent pipe and cold and hot water supply tubes. This job typically takes about an hour for a plumber to complete, though it can take longer for more complex installations.

A licensed plumber can also assist homeowners with a variety of other water heater-related issues. For example, if a hot water heater has started to rust or develop a strange smell, this can indicate that the anode rod needs replacing. An anode rod is a metal rod that sits inside the water heater and attracts corrosive elements to it, helping to prevent them from damaging the rest of the unit. This is an inexpensive repair that most plumbers can do for their regular hourly rate.

Another potential issue with a hot water heater is if the temperature and pressure relief valve has been leaking. This is a safety feature that protects the unit from overheating and can be dangerous if not fixed quickly. A plumber can test the valve to see if it is leaking and then replace it if necessary.

Finally, if the pilot light on a hot water heater is out, this can be a sign that the unit needs to be replaced. This is another job that most plumbers can do for their regular rates, but it is a good idea to have a certified technician do it to ensure the new pilot light is properly wired and that the unit meets all local codes. Trying to do this yourself can lead to fire hazards and unsafe conditions in your home.

W Smith Plumbing LLC
2855 Usina Road Extension
St. Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 669-2514