What’s in a Water Heater?

Some important components keep your water heater humming, ready to quickly provide hot water at your command. The typical water heater has a cold-water intake, a hot water outlet and a drain valve. The water comes from a holding tank that holds 30 or 60 gallons.

The heating element is just what it sounds like, a device that generates the heat.

A metal rod keeps rust and corrosion from damaging the tank, while a dip tube diverts cold water to the bottom of the tank and makes sure the hot water comes out first.

It’s an amazing invention that provides value and comfort every hour of every day, and a reminder that life before water heaters was much less pleasant.

Water heater: Repair or replace?

When your water heater stops heating, you have problems.

Maybe it can be fixed and maybe your best move is to buy a new one, which can save you $700 in energy costs over the life of the unit, according to houselogic.com, a site operated by the National Association of Realtors.

How do you decide which move is best for you?

A storage-tank water heater normally lasts up to 13 years. If yours is a teenager or close, then buying a replacement makes sense. Thanks to technology, the new system will be much more efficient.

Otherwise, you may want to fix it.

A water heater has few moving parts, so there are only so many likely trouble spots: a stuck valve, a broken thermostat, a failure in the burning or heating element, an eroded anode rod, a tripped circuit breaker on an electric heater or a weak or non-existent pilot light on a gas water heater.

Whatever your problem, our expert plumbers will be glad to give you the information you want to make a smart decision. We will give you all the pros and cons. Just call Freedom Heating, Cooling & Plumbing at (205) 444-4444 for Water Heater Repair and Water Heater Replacement services.