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Water Heater Replacement in South Jersey

Water Heater Replacement in South Jersey

You probably don’t think too much about it when you turn on the faucet and hot water comes out, and you probably don’t consider the luxury of hot water until it is no longer available. When you turn on the hot water tap only to feel cold water, it can be a major problem. You need to get it fixed right away, but you may not know what to do or where to turn.

When your water heater fails, you want a reliable team to fix it or replace it immediately. Do you live in or near Magnolia, New Jersey and need a replacement water heater? Look no further than the professionals at Vaughan Comfort Services. Learn how our South Jersey experts can help you with speedy and affordable water heater replacement services

Water heater being inspected

Why Is My Water Not Getting Hot?

When you run out of hot water, whether in the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, shower, or washing machine, you will surely want to know why and what is causing it. Several reasons exist why your home may have lost hot water. Here are the things to check first and what to do if any of these issues persist.

Pilot Light Out on the Water Heater

Traditional water heaters run on natural gas and have a pilot light, a small flame that burns all the time and serves to stoke the bigger flames that heat the water in the tank. Thankfully, fixing a pilot light can be fairly simple, and your water heater may have instructions on how to re-light the pilot. It may even have an electric igniter that lets you get it going again with the press of a button.

In general, turn the pilot control knob to the “off” position and wait for 10 minutes to allow things to cool down and any gas to dissipate. Then turn it back to “light.” Hold it down and press the igniter or use a barbecue lighter to light it, then turn it to “on” again. If you are not sure about re-lighting a pilot light, the pros at Vaughan Comfort Services will be glad to help.

Corrosion on the Pipes or Tank

If you have galvanized steel pipes running to your tank, the pipes may be corroded. In these cases, shut off the hot water valve and ensure that it is closed. Opening it again could solve the issue. If it doesn’t, a plumbing contractor may be needed. 

In addition, the tank itself could be corroded and have a hole rusted in the bottom. In such cases, you will see water running out of the bottom or pooling around it. A corroded tank means it is time for a new water heater replacement.

Faulty Shower Equipment

If your shower is the only place where you are not getting hot water, the problem could simply be a damaged shower valve. If the water in your shower fails to heat, check to see if you get hot water in the sink, in the kitchen, and elsewhere in the house. If so, take a look at the shower valve. Shower valves can deteriorate over time just from the rubber getting old.

Changing a shower valve may require special tools to disassemble the fixture and remove and replace the cartridge. If you are not experienced, it is probably smart to call a professional plumber.

Blown Fuses or Tripped Breakers

Even gas water heaters use electricity to kick on and off. Sometimes the problem of a lack of hot water can be solved just by checking your electrical box. If you have a blown fuse (in older properties) or a tripped breaker, you can solve the problem by clicking the breaker back on or changing the fuse, a very simple project that almost anyone can do. 

If the problem happens again or persists, you may have a more serious problem, and it may be necessary to contact a qualified electrician or certified New Jersey HVAC technician to double-check for underlying issues.

Signs Your Water Heater Has Problems

If you have checked all of the above and narrowed down your options to the water heater itself being the problem, you can then narrow it down further. Look for the following signs to diagnose issues with the water heater itself.

Water heater leaking

Smelly Water

If your water is smelly or discolored, it’s an indication of a problem inside the water heater. Consider how long the problem has occurred, whether other faucets in the house have the same smell or color, whether the water has been used recently, whether the problem resolves after running the water for a minute, and whether it happens with both hot and cold water.

Water discoloration can be caused by high levels of minerals like iron and copper that cause the pipes to corrode and rust. Minerals like magnesium and calcium can result in hard water. Scale and lime deposits can also cause such issues. Sometimes a water softener system can resolve this sort of problem.

Strong odors such as rotten eggs, sulfur, or sewage can be a sign of bacteria in your tank. Bacteria can act as dangerous pathogens to you and your family, and you should immediately flush the tank. You could also have issues with the anode rod, which may need to be replaced, while a smell of garlic could just mean the pilot light is out. If you smell a very strong sulfur odor, you could have a gas leak. In such cases, turn off the unit, ventilate the room, and vacate the premises. Call the gas company and a plumber immediately. Gas leaks are extremely dangerous.

Lack of Hot Water

A simple lack of hot water throughout your entire house probably means there is an issue with the tank. Check for the signs above, such as the pilot light being out and the circuit breaker being tripped. Then contact a qualified technician to have the issue addressed. Sometimes sediment buildup in the water storage tank can lead to breakdowns that can be resolved by flushing the water heater.

Leaking Water Tank

If you see water pooling around the bottom of your tank, or worse, running freely out of it, then it is time to replace the system. This means that your tank has corroded or rusted through, or otherwise has damage that probably cannot be fixed.

Can I Fix a Water Heater on My Own?

In most circumstances, unless you are experienced, it is probably best to call a professional plumber, water heater company, or HVAC contractor to come out and fix the issue with a bad water heater system. There are, however, a few types of fixes you can address yourself. These DIY solutions include the following.

pilot light on a water heater

Re-Light the Pilot Light

As stated above, if you discover that the pilot light is out, it is fairly simple to reignite it. Simply turn the knob off, wait a few minutes, turn it to the light position, hold it down, re-light the pilot, then turn it back to the on position. If, however, the light will not reignite, or it continually goes out, you could have other issues that require a professional to address. These could include a bad thermocouple, a clog in the gas line, corrosion on the igniter, or other issues.

Check for Power

If you have an electric water heater and have no power, a tripped breaker could be the culprit. Check your fuse or breaker box as above and see if that fixes the issue. If not, again, a more serious issue could be at play, and you may need help from a professional to assess and address the situation.

How Long Does It Take to Replace a Water Heater?

We know what it is like to need hot water at a moment’s notice. That is why our Magnolia, New Jersey technicians are knowledgeable and experienced in replacing water heaters of all kinds in as timely a manner as possible. The average time frame to replace a water heater once we are on the scene is two to three hours, but unforeseen circumstances could always extend this time. It also depends on your exact location, how long it takes us to get to you, how busy we are on the given day, and other factors.

Regardless, we promise to communicate well with you, informing you ahead of time of any possible delays.

How to Decide if You Need to Repair or Replace Your Water Heater

Most water heaters are rated to last around nine years. If your water heater is past its average life span, it is likely time to install a new one. If, on the other hand, your water heater issues involve just a minor leak, or some other issue is at play, like a bad thermocouple, a bad thermostat, or a corroded heating element, water heater repair may be on the table. We cannot tell for certain until we evaluate and diagnose the issue. Then, we will be able to go over your options with you and help you make the right decision for you and your family.

How Much Does It Cost to Replace a Water Heater in South Jersey?

The cost of a new hot water heater depends on the needs of the homeowners. The size of the water heater, the type of system you are replacing, the type of system you are installing, and many other factors can affect the costs. Options range from gas water heaters to electric water heaters, tankless water heaters, high-efficiency heating systems, and more.

On average, a new water heater can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000. We cannot give you a hard estimate, however, until one of our professional installers comes to check things out and see what you need.

What Is the Difference Between an Electric Water Heater and a Gas Water Heater?

Gas heaters use fuel like natural gas to ignite a pilot light that runs a flame just like on your gas stove or gas fireplace. An electric water heater uses electric coils that heat up from the electricity flowing through them to heat the water in the tank.

The Vaughan Comfort Services water heater experts can help you decide which type of water heater services are better for your home. After troubleshooting, we can also help you determine whether your water heater problems are best resolved by brand-new hot water heater installation replacement services or if water heater repair is best for you.

Why Should You Choose Vaughan Comfort Services When Your Water Heater Breaks?

Vaughan Comfort Services is a family-owned and operated business that takes care of our customers like they are part of our family. Our master plumber has over 40 years of experience and has the same family values. Finding the right water heater maintenance and service professional that will take care of you by listening to your needs and making recommendations with honesty and integrity can be difficult, but not with us. Don’t take our word for it, though; just look at our reviews!

You Rely on Hot Water. Rely on Us to Deliver It!

Vaughan Comfort Services has decades of experience and expertise in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and plumbing services all across Magnolia and the rest of South Jersey. When your water heater isn’t turning up the heat, we can get it burning once again. When you need on-demand service to provide water heating, from high-efficiency tankless units to traditional gas water heaters, we are ready to provide outstanding workmanship, fast service, and quality you can trust.

We also offer tune-ups and maintenance that can save you money on utility bills while supporting your hot water needs with units that offer outstanding energy efficiency. Our service area covers most of South Jersey, including Burlington County. Call us today at 856-627-0303 or use our online contact form to schedule an appointment, and don’t forget to ask about our warranty and rebates programs.

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