The two most common types of water heaters are traditional and tankless. Traditional water heaters, also known as storage water heaters, feature a large tank where water is heated and stored for on-demand use. They are a reliable and cost-effective choice for many households. In contrast, tankless water heaters, or on-demand water heaters, heat water directly as it flows through the unit. Offering energy savings by avoiding the need to keep a large tank constantly heated. They provide hot water on demand, have a longer lifespan, and are more compact, making them a space-saving option. While tankless models typically have a higher up-front cost, they are known for their energy efficiency and the potential for long-term savings on utility bills. Choosing between traditional and tankless water heaters depends on factors like hot water usage, available space, and budget considerations.
Water heaters can stop working for a variety of reasons including but not limited to: leaks, improper electrical hook up, or loss of pilot light.
Sediment in your water supply can build up over time and cause damage. You could also notice lime deposits on your shower head and/or faucet.
Your hot water can start to leak as the inner liner corrodes. This can lead to water damage and mold growth.
Lack of hot water could indicate your heating element needs to be replaced.
Wondering if you need to replace your water heater? There are a few signs to indicate it may be time for a new water heater.
Gas water heaters typically last between 8-12 years. Electric heaters can last anywhere from 10-15 years.
If there is visible rust forming on the outside of your tank, or notice a reddish tint to your water supply, it's time!
If you notice any gurgling or popping noises, it may be time for a new water heater.
If your heater is no longer producing hot water, and it's been serviced in the last year, you may need a new water heater.
If your water heater is not operating properly, schedule a service appointment with James River Air! Our team of highly-trained plumbers will respond to your needs and can recommend the right water heater for your needs. Call James River Air’s professional plumbers to schedule your appointment today! Or click the link below.