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Water Heater Repair and Replacement Services

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If you have a good water heater, you probably don’t ever think twice about it. If you have a bad one, though, you are 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.

Our team of expert plumbers offer exceptional hot water heater repair and replacement services for homes in areas of Wisconsin such as Eau Claire, Menomonie, Hudson, River Falls, Altoona, and Ellsworth. Picking out a good system for your home is an important process that you’ll have to take pretty seriously. To get your water heater replaced, serviced or repaired, call our professionals at (715) 283-4422 to book an appointment.

Eau Claire, WI Water Heater Repair and Replacement Services

We know that picking the right water heater can be a difficult decision and that it can be helpful to get some professional advice. For just that type of guidance and service, Hurlburt is your local expert water heater provider!

When to Repair or Replace Your Hot Water Heater

Determining when to repair or replace your water heater can be tough. Generally speaking, water heaters have an average lifespan of about 10 years. As your water heater approaches or passes that threshold, you should weigh the cost to repair the water heater against the cost to replace it.

If faced with a $500 repair compared to a $1000 replacement cost on a water heater over 6 years old, you may give serious thought to replacing the water heater. If the water heater tank is leaking, you will have no choice but to replace it since the tank is not repairable.

Choosing a Water Heater

The type of water heater that is best for your home will depend on several things. For instance, you will need a product that is big enough to handle all of your home hot water needs.

You don’t want to wind up with a hot water heater that is too small, so that you are 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 is bigger than necessary either. You also need to decide what type of fuel you would like your hot water heater to run on.

Gas Water Heaters v. Electric Water Heaters

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. Whereas 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 a larger amount of hot water more quickly than electric water heaters. For this reason many homes with gas water heaters have 40 gallon tanks versus 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.

Tank Water Heaters v. Tankless Hot Water Heaters

Another significant element to consider when performing a water heater replacement is whether you want a system with a tank or a tankless one. Tankless water heaters are rapidly growing in popularity, largely because of their energy efficiency. Tankless water heaters heat water rapidly by running it through a set of heating elements once you turn on the tap, providing you with hot water quickly. 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 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. However, if they are big enough, they can handle a large and diverse hot water demand at once. If you have a large household, this may be something you should take into account.

Eau Claire, WI Water Heater Repair and Replacement Services

Water Heater Repair and Replacement Services in Eau Claire, WI and Other Areas

Our team of qualified plumbers will help you choose the correct fuel source for your new hot water heater. We can also help you compare the benefits of tank water heaters and tankless systems. Our team of licensed technicians provide reputable water heater repair, installation, and replacement services for homeowners in Wisconsin.

Our staff offers dependable plumbing services for local residents in areas such as Chippewa Falls, Prescott, Lake Hallie, Eau Claire, Mondovi, and Menomonie. Our team have the skills required to help you choose the correct size hot water heater to meet your demands. To learn more about getting a new water heater, give our staff a call at (715) 283-4422 or schedule an appointment online to receive assistance.

Water Heater FAQs

How much should a water heater flush cost?

Depending on the location, the caliber of the plumber, and the kind of water heater, the cost to flush a water heater can vary considerably. Typically, a flush for the majority of standard water heaters will cost between $80 and $100. However, you might be required to pay more if the plumber finds a bigger problem that needs to be fixed. However, it would be entirely up to you whether or not to address those problems, so you can anticipate that the cost of the water heater flush alone will fall within that range.

How much should it cost to install a new water heater?

There are numerous cost considerations when installing a water heater. Between $820 and $3,500 may be required for installation, which includes both the unit and the labor.

The kind of hot water system you want to be installed will have a significant impact on the cost. For instance, a tank water heater installation can start at around $1,200, while a tankless water heater can cost as little as $820. For a plumber, labor for installing a water heater typically ranges from $40 to $200 per hour. A water heater installation takes one to four hours.

Is it better to fix or replace a water heater?

If you can’t decide using the 50% rule is one way to achieve your final choice. According to the 50% rule, you should replace an item instead of repairing it if the cost of replacement is greater than 50% of the cost of repair.

However, you should keep in mind the frequency of repairs and the age of your water heater even if your current repair does not equal 50% of a new water heater.

How does the hardness of my water affect my water heater?

The hardness of water, caused by mineral deposits like calcium and magnesium, can affect water heaters by causing scale buildup on heating elements or inside the tank. This buildup reduces efficiency, increases energy consumption, and shortens the lifespan of the heater. Regular maintenance, such as flushing the tank or using a water softener, can mitigate these effects and prolong the heater's lifespan.

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Mark M
04:43 15 Jun 24
Logan P. was very thorough and did excellent work. He explained the process of getting my reverse osmosis system online so I could understand it! I’d highly recommend Hurlburt and Logan.
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Tomasz Okon
17:59 03 Jun 24
Amazing people! On time, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. Honestly, I would not use anyone else, Hurlburt offers best service at excellent price, which is to say, vastly superior value as compared to other companies in town. I know it because I did try two other before finally getting to experience the Hurlburt quality. Today, Mr Bubba Steffels was extraordinarily helpful in understanding my needs re HRV, AC, and ventilation--thank you!
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Sierra Szydel
19:38 31 May 24
I 100% recommend everyone use Hurlburt for any of their home owner needs. We recently were left without power when a breaker flipped and couldn't get it to flip back. I did everything Google said I could do.. and then I called a professional.Hurlburt was able to quickly make me an appointment and squeeze me in an already tight schedule. Frank and his partner (who's name I cannot remember) came to my house as scheduled. I really do appreciate it when businesses give me a "heads up" text, so I know that the technician is coming.Both individuals were incredibly professional, courteous, and genuine. They were very clear about pricing and options. Thankfully, my repair only took half an hour.I will be going to Hurlburt for my other home owner needs. I will also be recommending them to my friends and family. Thank you again!
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