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Understanding Your San Mateo Water Heater Replacement Project

Fall is here and now is the time to start thinking about your San Mateo water heater replacement project before it gets too cold! Understanding where to start before you embark on your San Mateo water heater replacement project can be difficult. That is why Performance Plumbing has put together this quick guide to help you out.

Replacement or Repair?

For starters, it’s important to determine whether or not you truly need a water heater replacement or just a repair. Replacements can be costly so make sure you really need to replace your water heater before shelling out the cash.

One way to determine if your water heater needs replacing is age. If your water heater is over 8 years old and has had issues in the past, it’s probably safe to assume it’s time for a replacement. The average water heater is expected to “live” for 8 to 12 years, depending on location, installation, maintenance, water quality, etc. If your water heater is young and hasn’t experienced any problems before, it could just be due for some maintenance and repair.

Signs It’s Time for Replacement

Aside from age, the below issues are signs that it might be time for a water heater replacement.

  1. Your heater is making weird noises: If your water heater starts rumbling louder and louder over time, it could mean it’s time to replace it. One of the causes of noise is sediment buildup in the tank. This can lead to inefficient energy usage and damage to the tank. Try flushing your water heater tank out. This should be done on an annual basis, best performed by a licensed plumbing professional.

  2. Your water heater is leaking: A leaky water heater tank is no good. For one it means you’re wasting water, but more importantly it could be indicative of something much more serious. A leaky water heater could cause serious property damage if not attended to right away. Leaks are often caused by the metal from the tank expanding and fracturing. It could also be a problem with the fittings or connections. Ask a professional to diagnose the cause of the leak and then determine if a replacement is warranted.

  3. Rusty water is bad water: Rust in your water demands immediate attention. Rust in hot water found in your sinks or bathtub could be a sign that your water tank has rusted and is contaminating your water. It is possible that rusty water could be a result of rusted pipes instead of a rusted tank. A professional plumber can tell you where the rust is coming from.

Time for a Water Heater Replacement

So you’ve made the decision to start your San Mateo water heater replacement project, now what? A replacement is a great time to make upgrades if needed. Maybe you want to upgrade from a 40- to a 50-gallon tank or maybe you’re ready to go tankless. Or maybe you still have questions and need a professional opinion. Performance Plumbing is ready to help you with your San Mateo water heater replacement project. Just give us a call or send us an email and we can discuss all of your water heater replacement questions.

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5 Tips for Choosing the Best San Jose Plumbing Companies

Knowing which San Jose plumbing companies are the best to work with can be difficult. Picking the wrong company to fix your plumbing problems will only make matters worse. Here are 5 tips to help you choose the best San Jose plumbing companies to work with.

Tip 1: They Should Have the Right Credentials

Credentials are important when it comes to professional plumbing companies. Be sure to ask for proof of licensing before working with any San Jose plumbing company. Professional plumbers like Performance Plumbing are more than happy to share their license number with you (it’s even on our website!). You can run a check online to make sure the license is up-to-date.

You should also check to see if they are insured. A qualified professional plumber will have insurance  and take responsibility for damages, injuries and losses that happen while on the job in your home.

Tip 2: Know What Services They Provide

A professional plumbing company should offer a wide range of services, from repairs to maintenance to installation. Pick a company with a comprehensive portfolio so that you can keep going back to the same plumber instead of looking for a new one every time a new issue comes up.

Check to see if they offer emergency services as well. Plumbing problems can arise at any time, night or day. Using a professional plumbing service that responds to calls at any time is a definite bonus!

Tip 3: Check Their Reputation

Do some research online and find out what others are saying about the San Jose plumbing companies you’re considering. Don’t just check their company website, check public domains like Facebook, Google Maps and Yelp. Realistically there will probably be a few negative reviews, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the company is bad. Read about those experiences and you might discover it was a one-off or a miscommunication. As long as the vast majority of reviews are positive experiences, you should be safe to move forward with the company you chose.

Tip 4: Understand Their Rates

Plumbing problems can be costly, so knowing what to expect upfront is important. Professional plumbing companies like Performance Plumbing offer free estimates before committing to a project. Estimates made during the assessment process should be pretty accurate if the company knows what they’re doing.

Make sure any San Jose plumbing company you work with is transparent about their rates. If a company is secretive and unwilling or unable to explain to you where the costs are coming from, it may be a red flag.

Tip 5: Good Communication is Key

Right off the bat if the company you contact isn’t good at communicating with you then it might be best to look elsewhere. This includes responsiveness to messages left, patience with answering questions and openness in discussing costs. At Performance Plumbing, we’re ready and waiting to talk to you about all of your San Jose plumbing needs. Send us an email or give us a call and we’ll happily get in touch as soon as possible.

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How to Choose the Right San Jose Tankless Water Heater Plan

For anyone evaluating different options for San Jose tankless water heater solutions, getting familiar with the many aspects of San Jose tankless water heater installations can be challenging. Tankless water heaters, also called demand-type water heaters, are an alternative to storage water heaters. Whereas storage water heaters keep 40 to 50 gallons of water continuously heated in a tank, tankless water heaters are safer, more compact and only heat water as needed. If you’re considering the switch to a tankless water heater in San Jose, keep reading to learn more about the pros and cons, and how to choose the right tankless water heater for your needs.

How a Tankless Water Heater Works

As the name suggests, a tankless water heater works without heating a storage tank full of water. Instead, cold pipes are connected directly to the heating unit where it gets heated instantly and comes out hot. This type of heater provides a constant flow of hot water — no more waiting for a 40-gallon storage tank to heat up. However, this continuous flow of water does affect the water’s flow rate.

Electric or Gas-Fired Tankless Water Heaters

There are two types of tankless water heaters: electric and gas-fired. Gas-fired tankless water heaters have a higher flow rate compared to an electric one; however, it is not as energy efficient as its electric counterpart. This is because the pilot light from a gas-fired heater is constantly burning, resulting in higher energy use.

In terms of cost, tankless water heaters have a higher upfront cost than traditional storage water heaters; however, most tankless water heaters have a much longer life expectancy. A traditional storage water heater has a life span of 8 to 12 years, but gas-fired tankless water heaters can last up to 20 years. Note that electric units have a shorter life span, closer to that of a traditional storage system, but they are much smaller, more quiet and the most energy efficient.

Tankless Water Heaters are More Energy Efficient

One of the biggest arguments in favor of tankless water heaters is that they are more energy efficient. You could get up to 50% energy savings with a tankless heating system. Since it only heats water as needed, it saves a lot of energy compared to a storage tank heater that is constantly working to keep water at a certain temperature. Between gas-fired and electric tankless systems, electric systems are the most energy efficient.

Installing Your Tankless Water Heater

We suggest leaving the installation of a new tankless water heater to the pros. Installing a new gas-fired tankless water heater involves making gas, vent and leak-free water connections. For an electric tankless water heater, it may be necessary to upgrade the wiring and circuit-breaker panel. To ensure these things are done properly and safely, be sure to hire qualified plumbing professionals.

Is a Tankless Water Heater Worth It?

If you’re still not sure if a tankless water heater in San Jose is the best solution for you, contact a certified professional at Performance Plumbing for a consultation. Let us help you find the best tankless water heater for your needs!

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Finding the Best San Francisco Plumbing Companies

The number of San Francisco plumbing companies out there can be overwhelming for a homeowner. Knowing how to find the best among the San Francisco plumbing companies for your plumbing project requires doing some due diligence. The following guide provides some key considerations for choosing the best plumbing company for your needs.

Check for Credentials and Insurance

A professional plumber is licensed, certified and transparent about their knowledge. Before hiring a plumbing company, make sure they have a state-specific business license to operate. You can always check online first to learn more about the licensing status of the company you’re considering. A good company will ensure that their staff are also appropriately licensed and certified. If a company is not licensed or is unwilling to share this information, proceed with caution.

Insurance is also important when hiring a San Francisco plumbing company. A company that is insured obviously takes their responsibilities seriously. If a plumbing project unexpectedly goes awry, for instance property is damaged or someone is injured, it is important that the plumbing service is properly insured to take care of any damages, injuries or losses.

Get to Know Their Rates

Plumbing services can get expensive, but the worst thing is thinking your plumbing project will cost a certain amount and suddenly finding out its actually way more. A good plumbing company will be upfront about costs. The initial estimate should be pretty accurate to the actual charge, and if there are complications that require additional charges, a good professional will communicate this with you before any additional work is done.

Do They Provide Emergency Services

Your plumbing does not wait for a convenient time to have a problem. If a plumbing emergency occurs in the middle of the night, you want a plumbing service that can provide 24/7 emergency services. Otherwise, if you have to wait until the next day to address your issue your property could be looking at some serious water damage. Look for a plumbing company that offers round-the-clock emergency service. If you’re looking for a fast fix, try to find a plumbing service located near you.

What do Their Online Reviews Reveal

Reviews are a good way to see what others have experienced with different San Francisco plumbing companies. Checking out what customers have said on public domains like Facebook and Yelp can offer some insight into their rates, services, etc. Use your judgement: if there are only a few bad reviews it could have just been a difficult job or customer. On the other hand, if there are multiple bad reviews with similar complaints, then it might be best to look for another company.

Give Us a Call and Schedule an Appointment

Performance plumbing is here to address all your San Francisco plumbing needs. Our qualified plumbing professionals are ready to give you a free estimate and answer any questions you may have. Give us a call and schedule an appointment today!

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What to Know Before Your Santa Clara Water Heater Replacement

Suddenly finding yourself in need of replacing your water heater can be stressful. No hot water is no good, and you’ll soon feel the pressure to search for Santa Clara water heater replacement services. But before jumping into your Santa Clara water heater replacement project, it’s important to have some basic knowledge of water heaters under your belt. Performance Plumbing has put together this quick guide to make your Santa Clara water heater replacement project as easy as possible.

Determine if You Really Need a Replacement or Just a Repair

So your hot water heater stopped working and now you’re worried about spending the money on a replacement. Before you jump to conclusions, be sure that your water heater needs to be replaced and not just repaired.

First, how old is your water heater? If it’s less than 8 years old and still in decent condition, it could be worth it to just repair. On the other hand, if you have had your heater for more than 8 years a replacement may be your best bet. The average life expectancy of a water heater is 8-12 years, but this could vary depending on factors such as location, unit design, maintenance, installation quality and water quality.

If your water heater is leaking around the base of the tank, doesn’t work consistently and is over 10 years old, it may be time for an upgrade.

Troubleshooting Tips for Common Issues

Sometimes water heater problems are as simple as fixing a defective heating element or faulty thermostat. Other times it’s not so simple. Troubleshooting for different types of water heaters (i.e., electric water heaters vs. gas water heaters) requires following a few simple steps.

For electric water heaters the first thing to check is whether or not the power is connected. Once that is done, try resetting the thermostat. Be sure to flush out the heater to remove any sediment that has settled in the tank. You can also try insulating the hot water pipes. If none of that works, try replacing the thermostat or heating element and raising the temperature setting.

With a gas water heater, you’ll want to check the gas connection and make sure the pilot light is lit. Similar to the electric heater you can then flush out the tank and insulate the pipes. We also recommend that you clean out the gas burner and replace the thermocoupler. Finally, you can try raising the temperature setting.

If none of these troubleshooting tips resolve your water heater issues, then a replacement is likely needed.

Time to Replace Your Water Heater

Once you’ve decided that you need to replace your water heater, there are many things to consider. For example, do you want to replace it with the same type of unit or are you ready for an upgrade? Do you want a 40-gallon, 50-gallon water heater or something bigger/smaller? What is the recovery rate of the water heater? What about the size of the heater or the energy efficiency rating?

If you’re unsure of how to answer the above questions, give our qualified professionals at Performance Plumbing a call and we’ll be happy to help you answer them. Have other questions regarding your Santa Clara water heater replacement project? Just let us know and we’ll help talk you through it!