Water Heater Installation, Repair, and Replacement

Indoor hot water circulation is a luxury that most of us overlook and take for granted until it’s gone. You can imagine how much more uncomfortable and inconvenient life would be without hot water circulation pumps and systems, so it’s important that you take a more active role with your water heater system. Cupertino Plumbing is here for all of your water heater needs, including water heater installation, service, and repair. We do everything we can to ensure that our customers continue to enjoy the luxury of indoor hot water circulating through your home.

Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater

The average life expectancy of a water heater is between 10 and 12 years. However, the exact lifespan of your water heater will vary depending on a number of independent factors such as the quality of installation, the level of maintenance, and your home’s water quality. Hot water circulating pumps and systems get a lot of use in the home, but because age and use alone are not the only determining factors, look for these signs as indications that it’s time to replace your water heater.

  • Hot water has a metallic flavor and/or an unusual odor
  • Your water heater makes loud pops and cracks
  • You run out of hot water faster than usual, for an extended period of time
  • The water heater is leaking

Tankless vs. Traditional Water Heaters

When the time comes to buy a new water heater, you have two options: tankless or traditional (tank-style) water heater. Both types of water heaters have their own pros and cons, so it’s important to research your options and speak with your San Jose plumber to make the best choice for your household. To help you get started, here’s a look at the pros and cons of replacing your tank-style water heater with a tankless unit.

  • Pros: Tankless water heaters have a lot of advantages. For starters, tankless heaters eliminate the standby energy losses of a conventional tank, which means more energy savings each year. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, gas-fired tankless water heaters save an average of $108 in energy costs per year. Tankless water heaters also provide an endless supply of hot water circulation as needed, which means no more waiting for the water to heat up in the tank and no more fear of unexpectedly running out of hot water.
  • Cons: One of the biggest drawbacks of tankless water heaters is the initial cost. Tankless water heaters can cost up to three times more than storage heaters, including professional installation by a qualified plumber. You may also need to purchase multiple water heaters depending on the size of your home and your household’s daily hot water usage.

Expansion Tanks

If you do decide to stick with your current tank-style hot water circulating pump and system, but you are still wanting more from your water heater, you might want to consider an expansion tank. An expansion tank essentially provides an outlet for pressure buildup and the water buildup, as when water is heated, it undergoes thermal expansion which pushes out the walls of your tank. An expansion tank provides more space for extra water and pressure to be circulated through, mitigating the strain put on your tank by any water level fluctuations, which increases the functioning and longevity of your hot water circulating pump and system. Talk to your local plumber about what an expansion tank could do for your water heater system.

Water Heater Service You Can Trust

For all your water heater needs, trust Cupertino Plumbing. Our team has more than 50 years of combined experience and can handle any tasks associated with water heater maintenance, repair, and replacement. Contact us online or call us at (408) 335-0617 to request your free estimate on water heater service or installation in San Jose.

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Whether it is installation, replacement, or repair, our San Jose plumbers can provide you with water heater services you need.

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