Traditional Water Heater Installation, Repair, and Maintenance Services for the Greater Indianapolis Area
A water heater is used every day, but you probably only think about it when your shower turns ice cold or it starts popping, hissing, or making some other unwanted noise. When that happens, our licensed plumber can recommend the right options for you, provide the information that you need to make an informed decision, and either repair or replace your water heater.
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Water heating is the 3rd largest energy user in the home.
On average, it accounts for about 14% of your utility bill. This is another investment that requires an informed decision. Capacity, efficiency, and cost are among the factors to consider. Our skilled plumbers are experienced in learning about your needs and taking into account these factors when recommending the best water heater for your home.
The first-hour rating (FHR) is the amount of hot water in gallons that the water heater can supply in an hour when the tank is full. This is the most important factor in correctly sizing your water heater. Tank size must also be considered because you don’t want to spend money to heat more water than you need.
The energy efficiency of a storage water heater is indicated by its Energy Factor (EF). The higher the EF, the more efficient the water heater. However, when you consider fuel sources, higher values may not mean lower operating costs . You should also look for a tank with at least 1.5 inches of foam insulation and an Energy Star rating.
You may want to save money with a less expensive water heater, but don’t ignore the operating cost. You may save money at the cash register but pay more to the utility company.
Have you considered the benefits of tankless water heaters?
A tankless water heater system will provide hot water for about 20 years. That’s about twice as long as a traditional water heater which typically operates for about 10 years. So, you won’t need to re-invest in a new water heater as soon with a tankless system.
Compact wall-mounted unit
Tankless water heaters are compact and mounted on the wall which means they don’t require as much space as a traditional water heater. A tankless system is a great option when the physical size of a new water heater won’t fit in the available area. Plus, by eliminating the traditional water heater, you’ll free up a lot of space for other uses.
Endless hot water on-demand
Since a tankless system heats water as you need it, you don’t have to worry about running out of hot water when you’re the last in the family to get a shower. You’ll still have as much hot water as you want.
A traditional water heater is always using energy to heat and reheat your water. Why pay to heat water when you don’t need it yet? And why pay to keep it hot when you didn’t need it in the first place?
Sediment build-up and corrosion are not big problems for tankless water heaters like they are for tanked water heaters. Plus, maintenance doesn’t include draining and refilling a 40 – 50 gallon tank.
Frequently Asked Questions
The average cost of a water heater install is between $999-$3,500. The price depends on what type of water heater you would like installed and what is required to bring the water heater up to local code standards.
A water heater’s lifespan ranges from 8-12 years.
It may be possible for you to install your own water heater. You should check your codes and ordinances to see if they allow homeowners to install their own water heaters. Some districts require that you pull a permit and have it inspected for safety before installing the water heater yourself. Please check your local laws and regulations.
Your water heater may need to be repaired or replaced if you’re noticing any of the following signs: discoloration of water, running out of hot water fast, signs of corrosion, leaking water, or irregular water temperature.
Consider replacing your water heater when you start running out of hot water or the hot water doesn’t last as long as it did in the past. You can have a 15 year old water heater that works perfectly fine. We recommend replacing a water heater only when it starts acting up and you’re having issues with it.
85% of the country has hard water according to HomeWater 101, and Indianapolis has some of the hardest water in the country.
What is hard water?
Water hardness is the amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium in the water — hard water is high in both calcium and magnesium. The reason you can feel the difference on your skin is because soap reacts with the calcium to form soap scum. This results in the need for more soap or detergent to get things clean. And that’s where the term “hardness” came from… it’s hard to wash in.
The calcium and magnesium in hard water cause problems in your home such as:
- Glasses and dishes remain white filmed and spotted even after cleaning.
- Clothes can look gray and dingy because of reduced “sudsing” action.
- Clothes don’t last as long because of the harsh minerals in hard water.
- Clothes can feel stiff or harsh.
- The taste of tea and coffee can be affected by hard water.
- Clogged pipes and reduced water flow can be caused by hard water.
- Film and scale can accumulate on tile and bath/kitchen fixtures.
- Your skin can feel dry from an invisible soapy film left on it.
- Your hair can look dull and limp from excess filmy shampoo residue.
- The life of your water heater can be shortened by deposits of scale.
- Utility bills can increase due to accumulated scale in the water heater because scale is a poor conductor of heat which increases the energy needed to heat water.
Do you have any of the above signs of hard water? Our water quality expert can visit your home and analyze your water for only $17. Hard water is only one of the things that the water quality analysis can reveal.
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Many tank water heaters should be flushed (drained and refilled) on a regular basis. This helps rid the tank of any sediment that has built up, allowing water to be heated more efficiently and the water heater to last longer.
Your water heater uses about 14% of the energy used in your home to heat water for things like laundry, showers, and washing dishes.
On average, a household uses 80 to 120 gallons of hot water every day.
Here’s a typical water usage for every day activities.
One shower: 6 – 8 gallons of water
One bath: 15 – 20 gallons of water
One load of laundry: 20 – 30 gallons of water
Washing dishes: 2 gallons of water per minute
One dishwasher load: 6 – 10 gallons of water
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