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All Your Water Heater Questions Answered

Water Heater FAQ


Water heaters and home comfort go hand-in-hand. While their function typically goes unnoticed throughout the day, their presence is made clear the moment they fail. Having a home without hot water can be frustrating, especially if you are left with unanswered questions.

At Petri Plumbing, we’ve been working with residential water heaters in Brooklyn and Manhattan for decades and we understand the problems associated with their heating elements. To help you better understand the warning signs and what to do if you suspect your water heater is going out, here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions:

Q: Are water heaters different now than before?

A:  In short, yes. Since April 16, 2015, all newly manufactured units must adhere to different standards of energy efficiency. Though newer units are larger, they are designed to be more energy efficient, saving consumers on energy costs.

Q: Should I repair or replace my current unit?

A: This depends on the age of your unit, the extent of the damages and your own budget. If your damaged system is less than 10 years old, the cost to repair may be less than a full replacement. If it’s an older unit, replacing it with a newer, more efficient unit may be cheaper than trying to repair it. It’s best to consult a professional plumber regarding your water heater repair/replace options.

Q: How should I maintain my water heater?

A: Water heaters can benefit from DIY maintenance such as checking/repairing the pilot light and anodes to help prolong operational life. Having the system flushed annually by a professional plumber will also help fight rust and sediment buildup.

Q: What should I know when shopping for one?

A: The options to consider are heat source, heater design, storage type and capacity. By having a professional inspect your home’s layout, you can determine your best solution.

Without maintenance and timely repairs, water heaters can fail prematurely. With this in mind, it’s important to trust professionals to ensure your system is operating in tip-top shape. If you’re in Brooklyn or Manhattan, Petri Plumbing is here to help. Contact us today at (718) 748-1254.

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