The simplest things make your Sacramento house feel like home. Reliable hot water is one that we tend to take for granted, at least until we’re about to tackle a mountain of dishes, or ready for a nice hot shower, only to find that the water is only lukewarm. For all your water heater needs — installations, maintenance, and repairs alike — call on Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning when you need Sacramento water heater service, gas plumbing, and more.
Types of Water Heaters
There are a few different kinds of water heaters, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.
Electric Water Heaters
Not all Sacramento homes are plumbed for gas. If your home is one of them, an electric water heater may be your best bet. While they’re a bit more expensive to run than their gas-fueled counterparts, newer electric water heaters are designed and built for efficiency and can still save you money over an aged water heater.
Gas Water Heaters
Gas water heaters are common, partly for the number of homes with gas appliances, and partly because of their comparatively lower operating cost. Besides water heater installations, we’ll help to ensure your water heater is properly sized for your family and usage patterns.
Tankless Water Heaters
Traditionally, water heaters heat and store a high volume of water at once. That can be helpful — especially if you’ve got a few family members showering in sequence — but it can also be expensive to keep all that water at a high enough temperature that it’s always ready for use. A tankless water heater saves money because water is heated as it’s used, which can take a significant chunk out of your monthly energy spend.
Hybrid Water Heater Systems
A newer option, hybrid water heaters combine the storage of a traditional water heater with on-demand functions. Installation can be a bit more complex, but over time it pays off; these water heaters can run up to 62% cheaper than a conventional water heater.
Average Water Heater Lifespan
If you’ve lived in your home for some time — or only recently purchased it — you may neither know nor remember when the water heater was installed. A water heater that’s properly maintained can last eight to twelve years, but with advances in efficiency, replacing sooner can be a good idea.
Time for a Water Heater Replacement?
Age isn’t the only reason to replace your water heater. If your water heater is still early in its service life, repair is a good idea, but as the signs below start to pile up, you may find that you’re better off replacing it.
- Water that smells strange or is discolored
- Unusual noises that signal blockages or mineral deposits
- Low water temperatures, or a longer time than usual to heat water
- A heater that rapidly runs out of hot water (especially common for growing families)
- Higher energy bills brought on by poor condition or inefficiency
- Repair bills that are rapidly mounting
Bear in mind that not every one of these problems calls for a new water heater. Flow rate, tank size, the length of your showers, or multiple appliances putting demand on your water heater can all tax a system, so it’s good to have an experienced plumber look things over and see if the water heater is the real problem.
Water Heater Installation Cost in Sacramento
The national average for a water heater replacement is just over $1,500. However, as we’ve already seen, there are many variables involved. The type of water heater you choose, the complexity of the installation, and the quality of the water heater and the installer alike will all have a bearing on the cost of the project. Ace Plumbing can help you find options that keep costs under control without sacrificing quality, and of course, we will provide you with a written quote.
Water Heater Rebates
After the EPA developed Energy Star ratings to encourage energy efficiency, the state and federal governments weren’t far behind with energy efficiency rebates to sweeten the pot. These rebates and other incentives can offset the cost of a new water heater, adding even more to the savings you’ll see from a more efficient water heater.
Why Ace Plumbing?
With four decades spent serving your plumbing, heating, and cooling needs, Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning has earned the trust of homeowners in the greater Sacramento area. We repay that trust with fast, reliable service that’s delivered with integrity, and backed by a robust warranty.
Water Heater Service: Getting in Touch with Your Sacramento Plumbing Pros
New water heaters, repairs, maintenance, and more — whatever your plumbing needs, the team at Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning is at your service all day, every day. To schedule an appointment, or to get 24/7 emergency water heater repair, call 916-455-4548 today!