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Best Water Heater Service Company in Eau Claire, WI

AO Smith Water HeatersIf you have a good water heater, you probably don’t ever think twice about it. If you have a bad one, though, you’re going to be noticing it all the time – and not in a good way. Having reliable hot water isn’t just a convenience issue. It’s also something you need to make sure you can keep your home clean and safe for your family.

For these reasons, picking out a good hot water heater for your home in the Eau Claire, Menomonie, Hudson  and surrounding area is an important process that you’ll have to take pretty seriously. Even if you want to, though, this can be tough because there simply are a lot of elements that go into making this decision that you’re probably not overly familiar with. After all, how often do you really purchase a hot water heater?

Because this is such an important but difficult decision, it can be very helpful to get some professional advice as you work your way through it. For just that type of guidance and service, Hurlburt Heating and Plumbing is your best bet. While you don’t spend much time thinking about hot water heaters, we do, and so we know just how to find the right product to match your needs.

Repair vs. Replacing a Hot Water Heater

Should I repair or replace my water heater? Generally speaking, water heaters have an average lifespan of about 10 years. As your water heater approaches or passes that threshold, it’s a matter of weighing the cost to repair the water heater against the cost to replace it. If faced with a $400 repair or a $1000 replacement cost on a 6 plus year old water heater, you may give serious thought to replacing the water heater. If the water heater tank is leaking, you’ll have no choice but to replace it since the tank is not repairable.

Water Heater Tip

Keep an eye out for water heater deterioration because leaks can develop slowly over time and lead to flooding in your garage or basement. Schedule regular water heater maintenance visits to avoid many of these issues. Almost all manufacturers recommend draining and flushing tanked water heaters annually in order to flush minerals that collect in the tank. This process not only preserves the hot water capacity of the tank but it also increases the efficiency dramatically, and this will save you money on your hot water.

Choosing a Water Heater

The type of water heater that’s best for you will depend on several things. For instance, you’ll need a product that’s big enough to handle all of your home hot water needs. You don’t want to wind up with a hot water heater that’s too small, so that you’re constantly running out of hot water. But, of course, the bigger the hot water heater is, the more expensive it will be to purchase and to run, so you don’t want to get one that’s bigger than necessary either.

So in this equation, size is definitely important. However, that’s not the only thing you’ll have to take into consideration. You also need to decide what type of fuel you’d like your hot water heater to run on. That decision is usually at least partially aided by what’s available and the relative costs of each type of energy supply in the area in which you live.

Gas Water Heater vs. Electric Water Heater

The initial cost to install or replace an electric water heater is a little less than a gas water heater. Gas water heaters require venting for the combustion gases as well as gas piped to the water heater. Where as an electric water heater only requires a single wire from the home’s circuit breaker panel to power the unit.

Generally speaking gas water heaters produce more hot water, more quickly than an electric water heater. For this reason many homes with gas water heaters have 40 gallon tanks vs. a 50 gallon tank which is average for electric units.

When it comes to cost of operation, the gas hot water heater wins hands down. A 50 gallon electric hot water heater will cost just shy of $600/year to operate in an average household, while a 40 gallon gas water heater will cost under $200 for the same family to operate for an entire year. You can see how over a 10 year average lifespan of a water heater, a gas hot water heater can save a lot of money for you.

Tank Water Heaters vs. Tankless Hot Water Heaters

Another significant element to consider is whether you want a water heater with a tank or a tankless one. Tankless water heaters are rapidly growing in popularity, largely because of their energy efficiency. To a great extent, this added efficiency comes from the fact that they don’t hold hot water in reserve like traditional tank water heaters do.

Instead, tankless water heaters heat the water rapidly by running it through a set of heating elements once you turn on the tap. This doesn’t cause much of a delay in getting the hot water to you and means that you don’t have to pay to keep that tank of hot water sitting there until you need to use it. However, tankless hot water heaters may have trouble keeping up with the demands of a large household where multiple people may be trying to use the hot water at the same time.

Traditional tank water heaters do require energy to keep the water in reserve hot the entire time, whether you’re using it or not. They also take up more space than a tankless model. But if they’re big enough, they can handle a large and diverse hot water demand at once, so if you have a large household, this may be something you should take into account.

The installation cost of tankless water heater can be somewhat cost prohibitive, generally you’re looking at $3500 – $4500 to install a tankless water heater.

Our Water Heater Services

Whether you’re looking for water heater installation, maintenance or repair in the Eau claire, WI area, this is the place to come. As the highest rated and most reviewed heating and plumbing company in Eau Claire, we provide a full range of water heater services and can install many high quality models that will serve you well for many years. Generally speaking we can install a new water heater the same day.

Our technicians are fully trained and we make sure they have all of the latest technology and tools at their disposal. If you ever need emergency water heater repair services in the Eau Claire, Menomonie or Hudson areas, we’ll have someone out as quickly as possible to assess the situation and make the necessary repairs whether we installed your hot water heater or not. So give us a call today and let us know how we can help with all of your water heater needs. To schedule online, click here.