Electric Water Heater Repair and Replacement
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Electric Water Heater Repair & Replacement in San Diego and Riverside
We are the experts in electric water heater repairs, heater installations, and heater replacement. In most cases the same-day service is possible and we are available 24/7 for residential and commercial customers alike.
TIP: If there is no hot water at all, first check that the circuit-breaker in the “fuse box” at your home or business has not tripped. If not, it is likely that the over-temperature safety has tripped. Try pressing the red reset button on the heater itself.
We will put an end to cold showers and dirty dishes right away. Hometown Plumbing provides affordable electric water heater repair and replacement services to all San Diego, Riverside and surrounding areas. Schedule an appointment today.
Electric Water Heater Repairs
The most common problem with electric water heaters is a burned-out resistance heating element. That is quick and easy for us to check, and usually straightforward to replace. Nearly all models have two elements, so if you are not getting as much hot water as you used to, just one of them might have burnt out.
Our experienced trouble-shooters are up to other challenges as well. Scale build-up can also reduce capacity and encourage bacteria to grow within the tank (resulting in smelly water). A failed thermostat might also be the reason. If the water is rust-colored then the protection anode might need replacing – do not postpone the check since the result could be more corrosion and an unrepairable heater. Is there a leak (or gusher) at a valve? That might be a failed temperature/pressure relief valve.
Our troubleshooting expertise means fast diagnosis and our well-stocked trucks help to provide the hot water heater repairs in a short single visit
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Electric Water Heater Replacement
Our experts can install a replacement in just a few hours. That includes disconnecting the existing unit, installing the new one, and hauling away the old one. And we will make sure you get the right replacement. Our experts will work out the best combination of tank size and FHR — first hour rating, the amount of hot water it can deliver in an hour.
Rest assured your installation will be up to local building codes. As required, we can install a drip pan and drain line as well as a water shutoff valve. Have banging or rattling pipes? We can install expansion bottles to fix that.
Repair or Replace?
Unless the tank itself is leaking, repair is almost always an option. But it may not be the lowest-cost possibility in the long run. That especially applies to units past their warranty or that have already needed a repair or two.
Gas vs Electric
Electric water heaters last longer than gas heaters (10-15 years versus 8-12 years) and generally cost less to purchase and install. But they cost significantly more to operate. That is because per unit of energy electricity costs a lot more than natural gas.
Electric may be the only option if you are far from city gas lines. But the economics also favor electricity for apartments and especially for small units serving a single bathroom. The same goes for any location where it would be expensive to add a gas line and exhaust flue.
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Today’s models are often 10-20% more efficient than older units, tilting the balance a little towards replacement rather than repair. And you may be able to get a utility company rebate for Energy Star models.
For tanks above 55 gallons, today’s energy standards pretty much mean newer heat-pump technology rather than the old electric resistance elements. They are much more expensive but commonly use only half as much electricity as resistance heaters.
Electric tankless water heaters are another option. Rather than having a big storage tank these heat the only the water you use, as you use it, so you can never run out. They also use significantly less electricity and can be installed almost anywhere.
Our team will be glad to work out the most economical solution for your budget.
Manufactures recommend an annual drain and flush. We can provide that service along with a performance and safety inspection so you could have maximum capacity and a longer heater lifetime.
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We are a full-service residential and commercial plumbing contractor. Our team is available 24/7 but never charges extra for evenings or weekends. As soon as we have diagnosed the problem you receive an accurate cost estimate right upfront. The quality of our work and your satisfaction are guaranteed.