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water heater replacement
Enjoying your nice hot shower when suddenly your feel ice cold freezing water. Bummer no hot
water, now what do I do? Leaving to work, you walk into your garage to find your water heater
leaking all over the floor. Now what? Let's look at some things to know about your water heater
repairs and or replacement.
What type of water heater?
Gas, Propane, Electric, Tankless or boiler? Most water heaters will have some type of
identification with a sticker or sorts. It can be useful to take a picture (of the sticker and the water
heater) with your phone or tablet to better assist you. The type of water heater will determine your
costs of the water heater, possible repair possibilities and replacement options. This info will also
be helpful if you are calling a professional to replace your water heater and if you are planning on
purchasing your own water heater.
In this article we will mostly discuss tanked/ traditional water heaters
Best water heater?
Most homeowners have no idea what water heaters work best. We could shop at Sears, Home
Depot or Lowes. Most hardware stores stock some type of water heater. So which one is the
best? Several factors come into play. What to know…
Warranty on water heater tank and components
Warranty or life span will tell how long to expect this water heater to live. Remember by flushing
your water heater seasonally you can extend the life span of most water heaters.
Insulation factor
Insulation Factor is important because it tells you the tank thickness. The thicker or the better
insulated the tank the less money you spend heating your water. The less thick the tank is, the
quicker the water will warm.
Energy factor
The greater the Energy Factor, the more efficient the water heater and the more energy and
money it will save. The energy factor (EF) indicates a water heater's overall energy efficiency
based on the amount of hot water produced per unit of fuel consumed over a typical day.
Your best bet is to talk with a plumbing professional, look up reviews on line or talk with neighbors
how may have had their water heater replaced at some point. As a plumbing professional, I
remind everyone you get what you pay for regardless of brand or where you buy your water

heater. As a plumbing professional we purchase our water heaters from non-box stores, plumbing
warehouses. They usually always cost more, but save money with your water heating bills and
last longer.
Water Heater Costs?
Water heater replacement cost will depend on where you live, what code requirements you area
has and who you have install your water heater. We replace water heaters all over Rocklin,
Roseville, Folsom, Lincoln, Auburn and the foothill communities and typical cost range between
$1000 to S1500. At Crystal Blue we use the Bradford White water heaters and pull permits every
time. We install our water heaters to meet all code requirements and make sure our customers
are safe and have the best water heating solution available to them.
DIY or Handyman or Professional?
Replacing your water heater yourself can be dangerous. Electric water heaters deal with a
tremendous amount of electricity, so I recommend using a professional. Venting for newer more
efficient water heaters can be dangerous if not vented properly. So make sure or have a
professional do it. Other options are using a handy man. You can lower costs but remember they
are a handyman and not a professional for a reason. Professional Plumbing companies that
install water heaters can vary in costs so be sure to price them and check their reviews.
Tim Sjobeck
I'm not a politician; I'm not in the military.
But as a plumber, I protect your world.
Without me, your world smells a whole lot different!

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