Hot water is a basic necessity of modern life. When your hot water heater malfunctions, it affects your routine, budget, and comfort. The professional plumbers are available for all your plumbing needs, including Houston water heater repair services. If your hot water heater is not performing properly, there are several factors to consider. Some of these factors include deciding whether to repair or replace the unit, including cost, how much hot water is needed, where to locate equipment and energy efficiency.
Repair Versus Replacement
If your water heater is not producing an adequate supply of hot water or requires frequent repair, it may be time to replace it. Licensed Houston residential plumbers can test your heater to determine whether repair or replacement is more cost-effective. Plumbers look at several factors, including the unit’s age, ability to meet demand, energy consumption and frequency of repairs. In some instances, a Houston water heater repair restores normal function, providing several more years of service. However, if the unit is old, uses a lot of energy, breaks down frequently or is unable to meet demand, a new water heater may be warranted.
Selecting a New Heater
If you are building a new house, plumbing should be part of the design and construction phases. Houston plumbers work with the build team on commercial and residential new builds to ensure all plumbing components are properly sized and installed. This reduces cost, contributes to aesthetics and results in comfortable, convenient fittings.
If you are installing a new unit in an older home or business, it is important to consider supply needs, distribution network, size, type of fuel used and cost. There are several options:
- Conventional tank heaters are electric or gas-powered. They come in many sizes, including those large enough to supply an entire household.
- Solar water heaters use the heat of the sun as fuel, making them cost-efficient to operate. They may need a backup heating source to augment cold, sunless days or for use at night.
- Indirect systems work with furnaces or heat pumps to generate heat for water and space heating using solar, gas, propane or electricity as fuel. Indirect systems are energy efficient.
- Tankless heaters supply hot water on demand. They are energy-efficient but cost more to install.
Because each option has advantages and disadvantages, it is important to carefully evaluate your needs in relation to your lifestyle, budget, and supply.
Consult the Experts at Santhoff Plumbing
Our factory-trained crew is headed by Joe Santhoff, licensed Houston master plumber. Our 40 years of experience demonstrate our commitment to providing reliable Houston plumbing services. We provide installations and Houston water heater repairs on many types of appliances.
For an in-home evaluation of your hot water heating system, call Santhoff Plumbing at (713) 665-4997 to schedule an appointment.