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Repair and Installation of Gas Water Heaters in Houston
It’s important to know when to replace your gas water heater. Sure, it’s possible to perform a gas water heater repair in Houston, but if your unit is older than seven years, that may not be the most financially responsible decision.
A failed gas water heater can be a real heartache. There is no denying that, and the only way to avoid what is the EVENTUAL failure of your gas water heater is with a new gas water heater installation in Houston by the experts at Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services.
Your gas water heater tank holds between forty and seventy gallons of water, twenty-four hours a day. The continuous heating and cooling cycles that are inherent to the function of a water heater puts tremendous strain on the metal that makes up that tank; usually a glass bound stainless steel, or zinc plated copper. While both are resilient metals, the constant expansion and contraction of the tank will eventually take its toll on the welded seams, resulting in what we in the plumbing business call “catastrophic failure.”
When your gas water heater tank eventually fails, all the water in that tank is going to have to go somewhere. That five-gallon drip-pan is no match for a failed gas water heater tank! With many water heaters being installed in attics here in Texas, you can imagine what happens next. Many water damage insurance claims are filed each year for damage caused by failed water heaters in the attic. Many of these claims are denied due to negligence. The simple act of not performing regular maintenance on your water heater can result in your insurance company denying your claim for that water damage. In addition to the cost of the water heater and the installation, imagine another $10,000 in damages to your ceilings, rugs, wood floors and personal belongings.
Yeah, your day just got worse.
So, What Can You Do to Put Off the Eventual Catastrophic Failure of Your Gas Water Heater?
• Perform regular maintenance of your gas water heater to flush out any sediment build up. Once a year at a minimum, every six months if you have particularly “hard” water. This will also keep your gas water heater installation in Houston in compliance should you ever need to file a water damage claim in the future.
• Tankless gas water heater installation in Houston eliminates the biggest problem with a standard gas water heater, the tank. It’s right there in the name! By using heating elements in between your cold-water supply and your hot water faucets, a tankless unit can provide an “endless” supply of hot water. Tankless gas water heaters also tend to have a longer warranty and double the lifespan of their bulkier ancestors.
Being simple devices, gas water heater repair in Houston is limited to a few serviceable parts. A gas burner, a couple of valves, a discharge pipe and an exhaust flue, are all it takes to make a water heater. Gas water heaters have a realistic lifespan of about between seven to ten years. Any gas water heater older than seven years old that needs any repairs should probably be replaced.
If there is any question as to if it’s time to replace your gas water heater, most plumbers will tell you to replace it. Standard contractor-grade gas water heaters generally come with a three-year warranty. When considering your new gas water heater installation in Houston, look for units that have a ten- or twelve-year warranty.
Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services have been repairing and installing gas water heaters in Houston since 1979. We have an extensive five-star online and stellar word-of-mouth reputation, thanks to the expertise of our licensed and fully-trained plumbing technicians.
If your hot water isn’t quite as hot as you’re used to, or that clunking noise coming from the gas water heater has suddenly gotten louder, it’s time to call in a gas water heater repair and installation in Houston experts at Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services.