Water Heater Services in Birmingham
We all know what an inconvenience it is to have no hot water in our home, and there’s no avoiding it when it does happen. Besides the life-halting disruption that causes cold showers and dirty dishes/clothes, serious damage to a water heater can cause massive water damage to your home.
Skelton’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing understands the need for quick and thorough water heater services. You shouldn’t have to suffer through frigid showers any longer than you have to! From installations and replacements to repairs and maintenance, we work to advise you on the best options for you and your Birmingham home.
When Is The Right Time For Water Heater Replacement?
Short of a full system breakdown, it isn’t easy to know when your water heater needs to be replaced if you don’t know what to look for. If you’re questioning whether it’s time to replace your water heater, keep an eye out for these signs that it’s at the end of its life.
If your water heater is 10-15 years old or older, it’s most likely not working like it used to. Water heaters are made to last 15 years maximum, so replacing your water heater is probably the most cost-effective choice if it’s nearing the end of its expected lifespan.
If you’re beginning to see rust in the water from your faucets, specifically when the water is hot, the inside of the hot water tank may be corroded and rusty. Rust is a sign that the tank has deteriorated. Likewise, if you see rust on the outside of the tank, it’s time for a new water heater.
No Hot Water
It may seem like a no-brainer, but when your water heater stops supplying hot water, it’s not working for you anymore. Call a plumber immediately to inspect the system if this happens.
While leaks from the joints of your water heater are relatively simple fixes, a leaking hot water tank is never a good sign. The water heater tank isn’t a replaceable part, so you’ll need a new water heater if the leak can’t be fixed.
Strange or jarring noises from your appliances are never a good sign, especially when it comes to your water heater. Rumbling noises from your water heater are often a sign of sediment buildup in the tank, which not only makes the water heater less efficient but can also expedite corrosion in the tank. These noises may also point to a leak.
It’s important to address these symptoms if you notice them. Otherwise, you could end up with a burst water heater and significant water damage. Even if you’re not 100% sure there’s a problem with your old water heater, it’s better to be safe than sorry and call Skelton’s.
Water Heater Installation
While water heaters are difficult to repair in some cases, replacement isn’t always your only option. If you’re experiencing issues with your water heater, don’t despair — a professional plumber will be able to tell you what’s wrong with it and advise you on the best course of action.
Our expert plumbers can service virtually any make and model of water heater, so you can rest assured that your water heater is in good hands. If our plumber confirms that you need a water heater replacement, we’ll guide you through the process of choosing and installing a new one.
Expert Birmingham Water Heater Repair & Maintenance
When it comes time for water heater repair and maintenance, we’re here to help. We take the time to listen, investigate the problem, and find the solution that’s right for you.
Many times, water heater problems can be fixed with inexpensive repairs. Heating elements may need to be replaced, a new electrical connection may need to be installed, or other simple solutions to minor problems. Skelton’s will always find the right fix for your water heater– and your budget. Our lengthy experience in the Birmingham area ensures you will receive the best information to make an educated decision about the health and life of your water heater.
Ideally, water heaters should receive regular maintenance to prevent the breakdown of their parts. Flushing the water heater one to two times per year can extend the life of the water heater. In addition, replacing the sacrificial anode rod at the end of its life also helps to extend the life of the water heater. Our team can take care of these things for you so that your water heater lasts longer before needing replacement.
Tankless Water Heater Installation
Tankless water heaters may be the perfect choice for your needs and budget. Not only do they take up less space than traditional water heaters, but their high efficiency will save you money in the long run. If you’re ready to install a tankless water heater, whether you’re getting one for the first time or replacing your old one, Skelton’s has you covered.
Benefits Of Tankless Water Heaters
The unique design of a tankless water heater comes with a host of benefits that traditional water heaters just can’t match:
Hot Water On Demand: With tankless water heaters, you only have to wait seconds for hot water to come out of the faucet. This is because tankless models are generally installed much closer to your bathroom or kitchen than traditional water heaters due to the small, versatile design of the appliance. That means no more waiting minutes for lukewarm water.
Energy Efficiency: Because tankless models don’t have a holding tank, they don’t use energy to keep water warm, instead only using energy when you need hot water.
Hot Water Without Limits: When you turn on the hot water tap, the water heater will work to continuously provide hot water until you don’t need it anymore — not until it runs out. While there are limits to how much hot water the water heater can supply at the same time (not everyone should shower at once), you won’t ever run out of hot water due to time.
Longer Lifespan: Tankless water heaters last an average of 10 years longer than traditional water heaters, meaning your tankless system should last you 20-25 years without issue.
With so many benefits, what’s the catch? Tankless water heaters can be much more expensive up front, especially if your large household requires more than one. However, a tankless water heater’s long lifespan and high energy efficiency mean the high installation cost will pay for itself and then some over time, something traditional water heaters don’t do.
Why Choose Skelton’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing?
Skelton’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing has been customer-oriented since its opening over 20 years ago. Our plumbers and service technicians treat every customer like family because we’re your neighbors, and community matters to us. When you call on Skelton’s, you can rest easy knowing your home’s essential equipment is in good hands.
If you need any kind of service for your tankless water heater, Skelton’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is here to help. Contact us today to start a service request.