Electric Water Heaters
Homeowners have options when it comes to the type of water heater they have installed in their homes, and many choose an electric water heater. Whether it’s new construction or replacing an old unit, Old World Plumbing has the experience to get the job done right.
Electric water heaters, just as other styles, have pros and cons. Electric units are generally more efficient than their gas cousins. There is no continuously burning pilot light eating up the energy bills, but there are two heating elements that can generate a hefty electric bill if hot water is used regularly. Electric units also require less supervision because there is no gas involved. Call us today and find out more about why an electric unit would or would not be a good fit in your home.
Electric water heater installation and service in Kane, Kendall, Cook and DuPage counties
Homeowners in Kane, Kendall, Cook and DuPage Counties rely on Old World Plumbing for their electric water heater needs, including installation, maintenance, repairs and replacement.
Electric water heater installationInstalling an electric water heater is a complex project that should only be carried out by a qualified professional. Proper installation is critical to maximizing the lifespan of the water heater, as improperly installed units will malfunction.
Electric water heater repairsJust because your electric water heater is malfunctioning doesn’t necessarily mean it’s on its last leg. A thorough inspection and troubleshooting by a professional plumber will reveal exactly what’s wrong with your unit; it might just require a simple repair.
Electric water heater replacementUnfortunately, your electric water heater has a limited lifespan, usually no more than 15 years (though some manufacturers state it’s closer to eight to 12 years). When it comes time to replace it with a new unit, choose a qualified professional from Old World Plumbing to remove your old one and install the new unit. Both jobs require specialized skills.
Electric water heater maintenancSchedule an annual inspection to ensure you’re getting the most out of your electric water heater. When plumbers carry out regular maintenance and inspect your unit, they can find minor problems before they become a major issue.
The most common electric water heater problems
If you’ve got water leaking from the top of your electric water heater, it’s time to get it serviced because your cold inlet or hot outlet pipes could be loose or your temperature-and-pressure valve might be malfunctioning. Water leaking from the bottom is often associated with normal condensation, but it could also be caused by a leaking heating element gasket.
Another common problem is the sudden discovery that there is no hot water. This could be the result of a faulty heating element (most units have two in them, one at the top and one at the bottom), or it could be something as simple as a circuit breaker that has tripped. A qualified plumber from Old World Plumbing will be able to tell you exactly why it’s not delivering hot water.
In some cases, you’ll have some hot water but it runs out too soon. In this case, the problem is often associated with a bad thermostat or one that has been set too low. Electric unit thermostats are factory set, which means if you’ve got a new one you’ll need to set it to the desired temperature.
Other common problems associated with electric water heaters include:
- Water is too hot
- Water is rust colored
- Water has a foul odor
- Water pressure is too low
- Unit makes odd noises
- It takes too long for the water to get hot
Regardless of what problem you’re having with your electric unit, Old World Plumbing can manage it.
Repair or replace your old electric water heater?
If you have lived in your house long enough, there will probably be a day when you need to decide whether to repair or replace your water heater. While regular maintenance can extend the life of your unit and small repairs can be made over a course of years, there will come a day when you need to take the advice of your trusted plumber and replace the old unit with a new one.
As a rule of thumb, if your unit is a decade old and is leaking around the base, it’s time to consider bringing in a new water heater. You can either replace it with the same type of unit, perhaps even from the same manufacturer, or consider upgrading to something different. At Old World Plumbing, we can fill you in with all the options for your home and your needs.
New electric hot water heater installation and maintenance
Since 2015, federal guidelines have allowed new water heaters to be larger in diameter and taller than previous heaters. Part of the reason for this is that new water heaters are required to be more insulated than their predecessors, which benefits homeowners who get more efficient units, capable of maintaining their heat without guzzling up energy in the process.
Talk to your plumber about scheduling maintenance on your new heater so it will remain in service for years to come, giving you the hot water you need without fail.
Electric water heater not working? our licensed plumbers can help
At Old World Plumbing, our team of highly trained plumbing professionals has extensive experience in repairing, inspecting, maintaining and installing electric water heaters. Our goal is to provide reliable customer service that is second to none. In fact, we pride ourselves on treating our clients like they’re family. Contact us today at (630) 315-0888 and let’s talk about your needs.