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We Install Water Heaters in Austin

Whether you are replacing your existing water heater or installing a water heater in a new home, Reliant Plumbing is here to consult with you along the way. Our local water heater experts can help you make the right decision from how large your tank should be to comparing conventional water heaters vs tankless water heaters vs hybrid water heaters. Since a new gas or electric water heater with installation costs an average of $3,000 in Austin, it is truly an investment in the quality of your home’s plumbing. We offer 0% interest financing for 12 months to help you lessen the upfront costs.

We Install Water Heaters in Austin

Whether you are replacing your existing water heater or installing a water heater in a new home, Reliant Plumbing is here to consult with you along the way. Our local water heater experts can help you make the right decision from how large your tank should be to comparing conventional water heaters vs tankless water heaters vs hybrid water heaters. Since a new gas or electric water heater with installation costs an average of $3,000 in Austin, it is truly an investment in the quality of your home’s plumbing. We offer 0% interest financing for 12 months to help you lessen the upfront costs.

Plumber Repairing Conventional Tank Water Heater

We hear a lot from Austinites regarding new water heater installation and repair. Check out this video with a little bit of everything you need to know about water heaters.

There are many important factors to consider when you are looking at installing a new water heater in your home from choosing gas or electric to selecting the right size or making sure it fits in your space. Here are our most frequently asked questions:

Should I repair or replace my water heater?

To determine if your water heater should be replaced or repaired, you need to ask yourself these questions:

Is your water heater making loud popping and cracking noises?

If you discover popping and cracking noises coming from your water heater, it is time for replacement. These noises indicate the water heater is at the end of its life.

How old is the water heater tank?

On average, properly maintained water heater tanks utilizing a water hardness between 0-3 ppm last approximately 10 years. If your tank is almost 10 years old or older, it’s time to start thinking about installing a new and up to date system.

Have you serviced your water heater frequently?

If your water heater has not been maintained annually and you have hard water, the lifespan of the heater may decrease by 40%, lasting only an average of 6 years. It is important to maintain and service your water heater at least once a year to increase the longevity of your heater.

What is the water quality going to the tank?

Hard water will kill a water heater extremely quickly and shorten the lifespan by 40%. It’s crucial to know the hardness of the water running through the pipes in your home or business. The recommended water hardness is 0-3.5 gpg (grains per gallon) or up to 60 ppm (parts per million). Anything above 3.5 gpg or 60 ppm will drastically harm the plumbing in your home, especially your water heater.

Should I go with a gas or electric water heater?

The first thing you’ll need to determine in selecting a new water heater is whether it will be gas or electric. Since both types of water heaters are similar in performance, most home and business owners simply choose the type of power already supplied to the unit as it's generally the most cost-effective solution. Ultimately, the decision comes down to your own preferences. There isn’t a huge difference in cost between gas & electric water heaters, but in our experience, gas water heaters tend to have a higher upfront cost but are cheaper to operate in the long run. This is because the cost of natural gas in the Austin area is generally cheaper than electricity. If you are concerned more with the hot water experience in your home, it is important to note that gas water heaters also tend to heat water more quickly.

However, if your primary concern is energy conservation, electric water heaters do have a slight edge in EF energy efficiency ratings on the hybrid models. Electric water heaters are also overall safer units to install since they run on electricity and not gas. If you choose this option, you don’t need to worry about gas leaking from the water heater which can cause an explosion in your home if not installed correctly.

What size tank do I need?

Rheem Conventional Tank Electric Water Heater

We highly recommend that you speak with a licensed plumber to decide what size water heater is best for your home or business. They will take into consideration the number of bathrooms & hot water fixtures in your home, the number of residents, your daily routines, and your power type. If you are very concerned about running out of hot water in your household, you may want to consider a tankless water heater instead. Since these models do not store water in the tank, they can heat as much hot water as you need on demand. Please give Reliant a call today and schedule an appointment with a licensed plumber who can help you make an educated decision.

What brands do you recommend?

Rheem 8 year professional series is Reliant’s preferred brand and model. These systems are made to last, their customer support is amazing, and they do a really good job of heating water. With Rheem you won’t have to worry for at least 8 years and if something does go bad, it's covered by the manufacturer warranty. Rest easy knowing you invested into one of the best brand water heaters around.

Choosing the right model for your home or business should be determined whether you are installing a gas or electric water heater. For electric water heater systems, we highly recommend a hybrid water heater. Hybrid water heaters are three times more energy efficient and have a heat pump which will cool 600 sqft of space in your home - perfect for making your garage or attic more comfortable.

Another recommended model is Marathon electric water heaters. This Rheem product line Marathon offers a lifetime warranty on the tank and a 10 year warranty on parts. This is a great option for a home or business owner looking for a one and done water heater as you should never have to replace this heater for the rest of your life.

Rheem Conventional Tank Electric Water Heater

Can I relocate my water heater in my home or business?

We hear this question a lot from home and business owners. Most homeowners want to create more storage space in their home by utilizing the water heater closet and relocating their water heater to a different area in the house. We can install a water heater just about anywhere, but there are a few main considerations. It’s very important that your water heater is protected from direct sunlight, freezing weather, rain, excessive humidity or moisture, and excessive dust. You may also want to place it close to the hot water fixtures you use the most to decrease the time it takes to get hot water. Finally, you should be sure the location is easy to access for maintenance. In most homes, water heaters are installed in the garage but sometimes they are found in the laundry room, closet or even the attic. Most commercial style buildings have utility rooms that were designed specifically for boilers and commercial style water heaters. These rooms provide easy and convenient access for maintenance and repairs.

Can I get a water heater that is taller or shorter to fit my space?

Most of the time, you can find a water heater to fit your space as they come in a variety of heights and widths. If you are not confident in choosing which system is best for you, call Reliant today and a certified plumber can evaluate which one is perfect for your home.

Do water heaters come with a warranty?

Yes, most water heaters do come with a warranty but the length of time depends on the manufacturer and the model. Water heaters that offer longer warranties are better made. What sets us apart at Reliant is most plumbing companies sell a water heater with just a 6 year warranty, but the minimum is 8 years at Reliant. At Reliant, we install quality water heaters that are made well at a fair price with no hidden fees. It is not recommended to purchase your own water heater through big box commercial companies. Most of the time those stores will not warranty the part if you didn’t have a licensed professional install it. Also, these water heaters tend to fail more frequently since they are poorly constructed due to mass production. Do yourself a favor and purchase a water heater with Reliant, you will not be disappointed!

How long will a new water heater last before I have to replace it again?

It’s difficult to know the lifetime of your water heater as it depends on many factors. On average, tank style water heaters last 6 to 12 years. You may be able to extend the life of your water heater by caring for the tank. We recommend calling Reliant to flush your water heater once per year. This will reduce the buildup of sediment and minerals that can severely damage your water heater over time. There are many pros & cons of water heater types, but one of the biggest pros of a tankless water heater is their longer lifespan. They can last twice as long as a conventional tank style water heater. Let Reliant help you make an educated decision on which system is best for you and your home or business. Call Reliant and schedule an appointment with a professional licensed plumber today!

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