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Gas Water Heater Repair and Replacement

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Gas Water Heater Repair & Replacement in San Diego and Riverside

Having trouble with your gas hot water heater?  It is the second-largest energy user in the house and not having it working is a big frustration. Our water heater repair specialists are available 24/7 to assist you with resolving the issue. If absolutely necessary, a replacement can be installed in just a few hours. Afterward, our annual maintenance service can keep working it at its best and lasting as long as possible.

We will put an end to cold showers and dirty dishes right away. Hometown Plumbing provides affordable water heater repair and replacement services to all San Diego, Riverside and surrounding areas. Schedule an appointment today.

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Gas Water Heater Repairs

Gas water heaters require a long chain of devices to work properly.  The pilot light may have simply blown out, or if your model has an electronic ignition that circuit may have failed.  The thermocouple is a safety feature that signals that the pilot is lit and allows the burner gas to turn on and if it fails the gas valve cannot open. You may also have a bad gas valve or the thermostat may have failed. Also, a burner may be out of adjustment, a partially clogged vent, sediment, or scale can dramatically reduce output. Discolored or smelly hot water and unusual noises from the tank can also indicate the possible problems.

Both gas and electric water heaters have a protective anode rod that can become depleted, leading to corrosion and rust-colored water.  Sediment inside the tank can lead to bacteria growth and odors as well as make strange noises when it breaks off and falls inside the tank.  A failed dip tube lets incoming cold mix with outgoing hot so that your hot water never seems hot enough.

The pressure relief valve is a common culprit and is replaceable; other connections and valves can also be repaired.  But if the hot water tank itself is leaking both electric and gas water heaters must be replaced. The troubleshooting expertise of our team means the fast diagnosis, as well as our well-stocked trucks, provide the hot water heater repairs in a short single visit.

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Repair versus Replace

Gas hot water heaters typically last 8-12 years.  If yours is approaching or beyond those years, is past its warranty, or has several previous repairs it is probably time for a replacement.  Especially if there is evidence of rust or scale.

There are other reasons for a replacement rather than a repair as well.  With an add-on or remodelling, you may want added capacity, or you may decide to invest for energy savings.

Replacement Installation

Our professional water heater installation services make sure everything is working in a safe and efficient manner for the best performance, highest reliability, and longest lifetime. For gas models that includes proper venting.

It is likely your replacement will be a similar tank size and heating capacity since an over-sizing would reduce efficiency. If more capacity is required, adding a small tankless water heater may be a better choice than a larger replacement.

TIP:  The warranty period is a good indicator of quality and expected lifetime.  Needless to say, models with longer warranties (and higher efficiencies) are a bit more expensive.

You should also consider high-performance Energy Star models.  These typically use 25% less energy than the economy and older models.  Other features, such as low-NOX and flame arrestors, may be required by local codes. We will let you know if these apply.

Whatever make and model you choose, our water heater installation specialists will disconnect and haul away your old one and install the new one to fully meet the code with earthquake straps and drip pan.  Our specialists will take care of permits and will make sure everything works properly before leaving.  Most replacements, residential and commercial, take just a few hours.

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Annual Maintenance

Leading manufacturers recommend an annual drain and flush to remove sediment which leads to improved efficiency, more hot water, and helps the heater last longer.  We can provide preventive maintenance along with a performance and safety inspection for a surprisingly low cost.

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What People Say About Hometown Plumbing

I would love to appreciate the Hometown Restoration team for their prompt service and quick arrival in a dire moment. My husband and I had a minute leak caused by our dishwasher when we got back from vacation. Gladly, they helped us mobilize the Insurance Company. The team did a great job of getting our house cleaned out and put back together in a timely manner. All their Employees were positive and understanding of our situation and seemed to really care about our needs above all else.

Goodness, gracious! I thought I had written a review in the past, but right now, I feel differently. This is the most effective and spot-on company that my husband and I have ever dealt with. We had an intense leak on our slab, and it caused extensive water damage by nightfall with their dryers, humidifiers, and blowers. They responded to all my probing and helped me pick up your phone calls, our texts, and this is simply amazing. If you have any type of water damage, save yourself the stress, and use this company.

Hometown Restoration was a lifesaver. We had a huge water leak above our kitchen that flooded our downstairs. Hometown quickly came out and helped us get a plan for how to deal with the damages. They packed our belongings into a pod, removed the destroyed cabinets, and dried everything out. They helped coordinate with our plumber and insurance adjuster to make sure everything was handled. I strongly recommend Hometown Restoration if you have water damage in your home.

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Why Choose Hometown Plumbing

We will help you choose between repair and installation options for the best value and you will get upfront pricing with the same price any day of the week, daytime and night time. Also, you will get personalized services that come from locally owned and operated businesses like ours.  The quality of our work as well as your satisfaction is guaranteed.