How Do You Know When You Need a New Water Heater?

When your water heater stops making hot water, it is important to find out why it has stopped working.The best way to find out why the hot water heater in your home or business in Orange has stopped working is to hire an experienced plumber. An experienced plumber can identify the issue with your water heater, and determine if it needs to be repaired or replaced. Biard & Crockett employs expert plumbers that will help you determine if you are in need of water heater repair or replacement. Without that experience, you can find yourself throwing away good money replacing bad parts, when you actually need a completely new water heater.

Although leaks are the most common problem with water heaters, another common issue is when it is unable to create and maintain high enough temperatures for water. The reason your hot water heater is not providing hot enough water can be caused by: a failing thermostat or heating element, uninsulated pipes, or a faulty gas burner, thermocouple, or pilot assembly. If you happen to notice that your water heater is not producing as much hot water as it used to, or if you hear popping and rattling coming from the hot water tank, your water heater probably has sediment built up in the tank. Flushing the tank can solve this issue, and it is one of the many services our plumbers will provide for you when you call on us for water heater repair and maintenance. The City of Orange’s water corrodes your anode rod more quickly—usually in about 2-3 years. We recommend you have a plumber check and replace the anode rod (if necessary) every 2 years.

Other common water heater repairs include:

  • The pilot light on your gas water heater flickers out
  • The circuit breaker for your electric hot water heater continues to trip
  • The heating or burning element fails
  • The thermostat breaks
  • The valve in the hot water heater sticks

How to Pick the Right Water Heater for Your Home or Business in Orange

If the water heater tank has started to leak, you need to replace your water heater. The good news is that you have the trusted plumbing services of Biard & Crockett for your home or business in Orange. If it’s time for your home or business to get a new water heater, we’ll work with you to find one that fits your needs and your budget. We’ll look at reservoir size, energy efficiency, quality of manufacture and warranty.

Here’s some basic information you should consider when it comes to water heater tank capacity:

Capacity Number of People in the Home
>30 gallons 1-2 people
40 gallons 2-4 people
50 gallons 3-5 people
60+ gallons 5+ people

There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing what size water heater your home or business needs. First, you need a water heater with a tank that can ensure you do not run out of hot water in your home or business. When the tank on your water heater is too small, you will be putting strain on it, causing unnecessary wear and tear, and shortening its lifespan. It’s also important to get the right size water heater because it’s a waste of money to buy a water heater that is too big for what you need for your home or business. Larger water heaters are more expensive to purchase and they consume more energy over time. The above chart provides recommendations for residential water heaters. If you need a commercial water heater installed in your business, contact one of our certified professionals to assess your needs to make sure you buy the right size water heater.

The newer generation of water heaters use newly mandated safety, energy, and pollution technology. The result has been higher priced and less reliable water heaters. Brand specific parts are now required which can drive up the price and leave you without hot water for days when parts are needed. Discount store water heaters are hard if not impossible to find parts for when they are needed. Rely on Biard & Crockett to supply you with a good quality heater that can be serviced if the need arises.

The Biard & Crockett Difference

Working with a plumber is usually not high on your wish list. We wish you would call us at Biard & Crockett Plumbing Services first. We’re local, family owned, and have been in business for about 50 years. As expert plumbers, we take pride in doing things right the first time. Because we provide professional plumbing services as well as maintain a retail location in Orange, we’re able to provide our customers with the most accurate, up to date information when it comes to plumbing fixtures and appliances. We already have a direct line of distribution, ensuring we get replacement parts fast.

If your hot water heater needs repairs, we likely have the parts you need in stock. If not, we can get them quickly. We know which parts are reliable and we don’t bother carrying the ones that will easily break. We do this to ensure that all of our customers are happy with the work that we do and the parts that we install.

When you choose the trusted plumbers at Biard & Crockett, you can be sure that we will be able to provide services for all your plumbing needs, including water heater repairs, replacements, and installations. We’re a one-stop shop. We can go out, fix your water heater if it needs it, or recommend replacement. If you do need to replace a water heater, you can choose to buy your own, or you can use our knowledgeable plumbers to handle everything including delivery and disposal of your old unit.

Biard & Crockett is Orange’s Recommended Plumbing Company

Call us when your water heater isn’t working right. If it’s making strange sounds, leaking, or just isn’t heating up properly, we will tell you whether the problem can be repaired or you need a water heater replacement. We’ll give you an accurate quote before we begin any work. If you do need a new water heater, our plumbing technicians will be able to  assess what you need for your hot water heater in your home or business. Save time and money when you avoid the frustration and choose Biard & Crockett in Orange.

No matter what type of plumbing problem you might have, we at Biard & Crockett Plumbing are here to help. We have been providing plumbing services in Orange County California for over 50 years. We know the area, the people, and the plumbing issues that you face. There’s no need to be overcharged by the other guys when our experience enables us to complete the work faster, better, and for less money.

Be sure to contact us for all your home and business’ plumbing needs in Orange County, CA including water heater repair and replacement.