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Water Heater Repair in Livermore, CA

Reliable 24-Hour Emergency Replacement in the Bay Area

R.B. Travis can provide fast and reliable water heater repair or installation for your home or business. If you’re in the market for a water heater in Livermore, our plumbing experts can provide a few tips on how to choose the water heating system that best fits your needs. 

Call (925) 275-5524 or contact us online to schedule dependable 24-hour emergency water heater repair in Livermore today!

Water Heater FAQs

How often should I have my water heater serviced?

It's recommended to have your water heater serviced at least once a year to ensure it continues to function efficiently. Regular maintenance can help prevent unexpected breakdowns and extend the lifespan of your water heater.

What are the benefits of upgrading to a new water heater?

Upgrading to a new water heater can improve energy efficiency, provide better hot water distribution, and reduce the risk of unexpected breakdowns. Newer models also come with advanced features that can enhance overall performance.

Can I attempt to repair my water heater on my own?

While some minor maintenance tasks can be performed by homeowners, it's generally best to leave complex repairs to a professional. Working on a water heater without the proper knowledge and experience can be dangerous and may void the warranty.

How Often Should You Flush a Water Heater?

Regular maintenance of your water heater is crucial to ensure its efficiency and longevity. Flushing your water heater should be part of this routine maintenance. The frequency at which you should flush your water heater can vary depending on several factors such as the type of water in your area (hard or soft), the age of the water heater, and the manufacturer's recommendations. Generally, it is advisable to flush your water heater at least once a year. However, in areas with hard water, more frequent flushing may be necessary to prevent mineral buildup.

Here are some key points to consider when determining how often to flush your water heater:

  • Water Hardness: If you live in an area with hard water, minerals like calcium and magnesium can accumulate faster, requiring more frequent flushing, typically every six months.
  • Water Heater Usage: Higher usage means more sediment buildup. For households using a large volume of hot water daily, biannual flushing might be more effective.
  • Manufacturer's Recommendations: Always refer to the water heater’s manual for specific maintenance guidelines. Some manufacturers might suggest more frequent flushing based on the model and design.
  • Age of the Water Heater: Older water heaters may require more frequent maintenance to keep them running efficiently. If your unit is over five years old, consider flushing it every six months.
  • Visible Signs of Sediment Buildup: If you notice popping or rumbling noises from your water heater, reduced efficiency, or cloudy hot water, it might be time to flush the system even if it hasn’t been a full year.
  • Professional Advice: Consult with a plumber for personalized advice, especially if you’re unsure about the water quality in your area or the condition of your water heater.

Regularly flushing your water heater can help prevent sediment buildup, improve efficiency, and extend the life of the unit.

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Signs Your Water Heater is Going Bad

If you keep running out of hot water in the middle of your shower, or if your water simply won't get hot at all, you may need to call for water heater repair.

Keep an eye out for the following signs your water heater needs repair:

  • Water leaking from tank - if you notice water leaking from the tank it's important to call for 24/7 repair straight away before the leak becomes larger.
  • No hot water - this is one of the most obvious signs that something is awry with your hot water heater. If your water doesn't last through your full shower or won't get warm at all, there might be something wrong with a heating element on your conventional water heater.
  • Rust-colored water - if you notice rust colored water coming out of your taps the inside of your tank may be damaged. Sediment can also build up inside the tank so it's important to schedule a water heater flush at least once a year!
  • Strange noises - it's normal for your water heater to make noises when it's running, but if you notice loud banging or clanging outside of the realm or normal, we advise you to get your heater inspected by a professional to make sure no further damage happens to the unit.

Choose Savings with Your Next Water Heater

Choosing the right conventional water heater can save you a lot of money. New gas water heaters are designed for all the new Green Emission Regulations. They are extremely energy efficient, with built in insulation for maximum R-Value, and are Ultra Low Nox emissions. The brands we use and recommend carry a 6-Year Factory Warranty and have worry free Warranty Programs in place.

Electric, Hybrid and Tankless models are also alternatives, our knowledgeable staff can assist you in making the right decision for your hot water needs.

Advantages of Electric Water Heaters

Electric water heaters with 9 to 12-year warranties typically have components, such as:

  • Larger heating elements
  • Thicker insulation
  • Bulky corrosion-fighting anodes that can cut down your long-term water heating costs

If you currently have an old gas or oil water heater, replacing it with an electric hybrid water heater can save you up to $325 annually.

When Size Does Not Matter: Go Hybrid

Hybrid water heaters can be a great alternative to traditional models. Their main draw being the massive advantage in energy efficiency. However, their size and requirements can pose problems during the replacement process. Some models can stand as tall as seven feet and require up to 1,000 cubic feet of space in order to absorb enough heat from the air. Get in touch with our knowledgeable Livermore plumbers if you are interested in hybrid models.

For Tankless: Factor in the Winter Cold

In terms of space, a tankless water heater is the exact opposite of a hybrid water heater. The average tankless water heater is extremely compact and are often mounted on a wall. In terms of limitations, cooler ground-water temperatures can negatively impact your unit’s efficiency and output. Have one of our R.B. Travis professionals use the lowest ground-water temperature to determine the type of equipment that you need.

Upgrade to a Tankless Water Heater

If you're looking to upgrade your water heater, consider the benefits of a tankless water heater. Unlike traditional water heaters that constantly heat and store water, tankless water heaters only heat water as needed, providing endless hot water on demand. This can result in energy savings and lower utility bills, as well as a longer lifespan for your water heater.

Advantages of tankless water heaters include:

  • Endless hot water
  • Energy efficiency
  • Space-saving design
  • Longer lifespan
  • Reduced risk of water damage and leaks

Our team can help you determine if a tankless water heater is the right choice for your home and provide expert installation services to ensure you enjoy all the benefits of this modern water heating technology.

Request reliable 24-hour repair, replacement, or new water heater installation in Livermore by calling (925) 275-5524 or contacting us online today!

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