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Are you tired of being left out in the cold? Want to say goodbye to freezing showers and hello to endless hot water?
Whether you need a water heater replacement or a water heater repair, our skilled technicians at Oasis Plumbing are experts in the field of water heaters and are equipped to handle all of your needs.
Are you searching “water heater repair in Miami”? Or what is the cost of repairing a water heater? This page will explain the different tanks style water heaters and discuss the possible issues that can cause no hot water and that freezing cold shock when you realize you’re in need of a water heater repair.
Standard Tank vs Tankless Water Heater
These can be powered either by electric or natural gas and even less common is propane.
The yearly energy cost for an electric 50 gallon water heater tank can cost approximately $500 a year in energy usage while Natural Gas costs around $250 and propane can cost $750.
If you’re from the North East or colder climates, you might be using the term boiler repair and maintenance. In some homes up north, the boiler actually does heat all the hot water for the home. It works almost like a tankless water heater, as the cold water passes through the boiler it heats the water via a coil, the cold water is heated quickly and then continues to your showers and faucets.
Most common in south Florida in the Miami area are electric water heaters.
They’re fairly simple in terms of components.
Inside are two heating elements. They are installed into holes in the side of the tank and accessible from the outside to be replaced. They’re about 12”-18” long, it depends how wide the tank is. The skinnier tanks have heating elements that fold over and double up to provide enough heating power.
And there are two thermostats to control these heating elements from turning on and off and controlling how hot the water should get.
Over time those heating elements can start to deteriorate and need to be replaced. Sometimes they split open exposing the internal heating components causing the electric breaker to trip. Also when the heating elements start to over work, it will draw too much power and cause the electrical breaker to trip.
When the breaker trips, it’s a warning sign that something is wrong with the water heater and is in need of repair. Don’t force the breaker on again multiple times. In some cases it can start a fire if a wire is shorted and burnt out.
So if you’re experiencing no hot water, it’s likely a result of one of the water heater components acting up.
If you get hot water but only for 2 minutes, it’s possible only one heating element has gone bad. It could also be the dip tube that feeds cold water into the tank and down to the bottom.
If this dip tube is cracked in the middle, it can mix the water and give you symptoms of a 2 minute shower. The dip tube is made from plastic and is factory installed from the top of the cold water inlet to the bottom of the tank. As you open the faucet, cold water pushes into the tank and causes the water (hot water) at the top of the tank to flow out.
Hot water rises, It’s a natural occurrence. So if the dip tube is cracked 8” from the top of the tank, the cold water spilling in will mix with the hot water and cool it down quickly.
If you’re experiencing a lack of hot water, you may need plumbing parts replacement and repair.
To avoid being surprised by some of these issues and need emergency plumbing services, call us at 305-703-8220 to get a plumbing inspection or any necessary plumbing maintenance.
We perform lots of plumbing inspection for home buyers. Prior to purchasing a new home it’s wise to have your water heater inspected with our residential plumbing services. We also offer plumbing maintenance contracts, to keep your plumbing systems running smoothly.
Water heater installation vs Tankless water heater installation
What’s best for you and your family?
- Are you looking to save space?
- Plumbing upgrades for energy efficiency?
- Endless Hot Water?
As mentioned earlier, there are gas and electric powered water heaters, let’s go through some options for you to choose from.
Electric water heaters vs tankless electric water heaters
Water heater tanks come in several sizes. 30-50 gallons if short and under an air conditioner in a condo. But the standard height tanks are 30-120 gallons. I know wowza!! Who’s getting 120 gallons?!
Well if you have a very large jacuzzi bathtub and multiple bathrooms in the home being used all at once, you may need something that large.
We can help you consider how many gallons your family and home needs.
- Size might be a determining factor. If you don’t have a lot of space, you might be limited on what can fit in your home.
- Tankless electric water heaters save a tremendous amount of space but they also require a lot of electrical power. Some homes cannot support the demand of electrical usage.
Our technicians can inspect your home and then provide you with some options. Going with a tankless water heater that is underpowered for your needs can be a big problem as well. That’s when you might get a change in temperature while in the shower if another shower or faucet is used at the same time.
Gas water heaters vs Gas tankless water heater
If your home has natural gas, you might consider going with a tank or tankless water heater for different reasons.
The gas water heater tanks take up more space then the electric tanks and the gas requires an exhaust vent pipe to go up through the roof.
The gas water heater tanks start at 40 gallons and range in size to 75 gallons for a residential application.
Gas tankless water heaters can save a lot of space and provide endless hot water. Gas tankless can also produce about double the amount of hot water than the most powerful electric tankless water heater. As the water enters the unit, it is heated instantly by a powerful gas heat exchanger allowing for an endless amount of hot water.
There are models that can be installed outside and work great here in southern Florida. With our warmer weather we don’t have the concern of the pipes freezing so it’s a great option. Without a doubt this is our favorite option for our personal homes and for our clients.
Oasis Plumbing is rated the #1 best plumber in Miami Beach for tankless water heater installation and maintenance.