Water Heater Installation Minneapolis & St. Paul
Water Heater installation in Minneapolis & St. Paul can be a tricky process to navigate. There are many options and companies to choose from when looking for a new heater. This blog was written to help homeowners understand the process of choosing a new water heater and assessing the life of their current water heater. A water heater is one of the most important appliances in the house. It is essential to modern living, from taking showers to running the laundry. The water heater is also one of the largest appliances you will need to install.
Water heaters are installed when a house is constructed, often next to the internal HVAC system because it is just as essential. Before a constructed home can be considered complete, it must have a working water heater that has been tested and proven to be ready for residents. Of course, water heaters don’t last forever. There are many brands that can last for decades but eventually, a home will outlive it’s original water heater and need to have a new one installed.
Whether you are replacing an old water heater or choosing a water heater for a home you are having constructed, Metro Heating and Cooling can help. We will consult you to find exactly the water heater for your home and assess needs to ensure that it is expertly installed by our best water heater technicians. If you’re ready to jump right to the part where you choose a water heater and schedule your water heater installation, Contact us now and we’ll get you started.
How to Choose Your Home’s New Water Heater
When considering a water heater installation for your home, it’s important to think about what kind of performance you want from the heater in order to help you choose the right unit. There are a few basic considerations that will help you make this important decision.
Capacity is an essential element of water heater selection. The larger your water heater, the more hot water can be generated at once. However, it also requires more energy to heat a very large tank and keep it hot and ready.
There are several heating methods available for your water heater.
- Electric Element
- Heat Pump
On-Demand / Tankless
A tankless water heater does not sit in your utility closet providing a reservoir of hot water. Instead, it runs cold water from the household line over hot elements to provide on-demand hot water. This can be very handy in smaller households, especially if you are installing a water heater where there is no room for a tank, like in a converted garage apartment. However, large demand for hot water can cause the unit to be unable to keep up.
How to Know if Your Water Heater Needs Replacing
Many people start looking into water heater installation when the old water heater starts to act up. There are a number of signs that an older water heater is failing, but it’s also possible that the old dinosaur of an appliance just needs maintenance. You may be ready for a fresh new water heater because you’re preparing to sell the home or have just moved in and don’t want to wrangle with an old heater. But it helps to know the signs of a water heater on its last legs.
If you have a very old water heater that has started to leak, that’s a surefire sign that it’s on its last legs. While leaks from a new water heater could be a fixable problem, older water heaters that leak are seldom worth the effort to repair and are far more likely to spring a new leak in the near future. It’s best to arrange for a new water heater installation when you see a leaky old water heater.
Rusty Colored Water
Rust in the water is another clear sign that your old water heater is ready to be replaced. This means that the metal inside the water tank or the connecting pipes has started to rust through.
When sediment builds up inside a water heater, you may hear banging/popping noises when the tank is heating. This is not a sign of doom for a younger water heater, but for an older heater, this often means it is ready to go. The common fix is to flush the water heater but if you have no idea when the heater was last flushed, there’s a chance the built-up sediment inside has already gone critical.
Never Enough Hot Water
Another problem with ancient water heater sediment is that the heating elements can’t reach the water and the capacity of the water heater has been reduced. This can result in there never being enough hot water to satisfy your household needs. Also, if your water heater is too small for the household, you may need a new one either way.
Flushing the Water Heater Doesn’t Fix Your Problems
Try flushing the old water heater if you want to see just how far it’s gone. If your problems disappear, then it was a fixable sediment issue. If the sediment won’t flush or the problems are still present, that’s the end of an old water heater and it’s time to install a new one.
15 Years or Older
Finally, as a rule of thumb, water heaters older than 15 years that are giving you trouble are in the last leg of their lifespan. Many homeowners choose to install a new water heater rather than nurse along an old one. Especially if you have just moved in and are ready to start a fresh new life in the home with all-new appliances.
Do You Need a Water Heater Installation?
Metro Heating and Cooling is dedicated to providing top quality home appliance installation and care. If you need a new water heater, we are here to provide. Whether you know exactly the brand and model you want or would like a professional water heater expert to walk you through the selection process, you are sure to find yourself with a satisfying water heater installation.
Contact us today to schedule your initial in-home consultation. In this meeting, we will make sure your home is ready for a water heater, ensure you have chosen the right water heater for your home, and then expertly install it to your specifications. Metro Heating and Cooling is proud to be your choice for water heater installation.