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Water Heater Replacement in South Jersey

Water Heater Replacement in South Jersey

You probably don’t think too much about it when you turn on the faucet and hot water comes out, and you probably don’t consider the luxury of hot water until it is no longer available. When you turn on the hot water tap only to feel cold water, it can be a major problem. You need to get it fixed right away, but you may not know what to do or where to turn.

When your water heater fails, you want a reliable team to fix it or replace it immediately. Do you live in South Jersey and need a replacement water heater? Look no further than the professionals at Vaughan Comfort Services. Learn how our South Jersey HVAC experts can help you with speedy and affordable water heater replacement services.

Water heater being inspected

Why is My Water Not Getting Hot?

There are several possible causes for your home to lose hot water, including: 

  • Pilot light out
  • Corrosion on the pipes or tank
  • Faulty shower equipment
  • Blown fuses
  • Tripped breakers

Depending on the issue, you can troubleshoot it yourself. For all other issues, our expert water heater technicians can help you determine whether you need a repair or a replacement.

Signs Your Water Heater Has Problems

If you have checked all of the above and narrowed down your options to the water heater itself being the problem, you can then narrow it down further. Look for the following signs to diagnose issues with the water heater itself.

Water heater leaking

Smelly Water

If your water is smelly or discolored, it’s an indication of a problem inside the water heater. Consider how long the problem has occurred, whether other faucets in the house have the same smell or color, whether the water has been used recently, whether the problem resolves after running the water for a minute, and whether it happens with both hot and cold water.

Water discoloration can be caused by high levels of minerals like iron and copper that cause the pipes to corrode and rust. Minerals like magnesium and calcium can result in hard water. Scale and lime deposits can also cause such issues. Sometimes a water softener system can resolve this problem.

Strong odors such as rotten eggs, sulfur, or sewage can be a sign of bacteria in your tank. Bacteria can act as dangerous pathogens to you and your family, and you should immediately flush the tank. You could also have issues with the anode rod, which may need to be replaced, while a smell of garlic could just mean the pilot light is out. If you smell a very strong sulfur odor, you could have a gas leak. In such cases, turn off the unit, ventilate the room, and vacate the premises. Call the gas company and a plumber immediately. Gas leaks are extremely dangerous.

Lack of Hot Water

A simple lack of hot water throughout your entire house likely means there is an issue with the tank. Check for the signs above, such as the pilot light being out and the circuit breaker being tripped. Then contact a qualified New Jersey technician to have the issue addressed. Sometimes, sediment buildup in the water storage tank can lead to breakdowns that can be resolved by flushing the water heater.

Leaking Water Tank

If you see water pooling around the bottom of your tank, or worse, running freely out of it, then it is time to replace the system. This means that your tank has corroded or rusted through or otherwise has damage that probably cannot be fixed.

Related Article: Why is My Water Heater Leaking? 

Can I Fix a Water Heater on My Own?

In most circumstances, unless you are experienced, it is best to call a professional plumber, water heater company, or HVAC contractor to come out and fix the issue with a bad water heater system. There are, however, a few types of fixes you can address yourself. These DIY solutions include the following.

pilot light on a water heater

Re-Light the Pilot Light

As stated above, if you discover that the pilot light is out, it is fairly simple to reignite it. 

  1. Turn the knob off.
  2. Wait a few minutes.
  3. Turn the knob to the light position and hold it down.
  4. Re-light the pilot, then turn it back to the on position. 

If, however, the light will not reignite or it continually goes out, you could have other issues that require a professional to address. These could include a bad thermocouple, a clog in the gas line, corrosion on the igniter, or other issues.

Check for a Tripped Breaker

If you have an electric water heater and have no power, a tripped breaker could be the culprit. Check your fuse or breaker box as above and see if that fixes the issue. If not, again, a more serious issue could be at play, and you may need help from a professional to assess and address the situation.

How to Decide if You Need to Repair or Replace Your Water Heater

Most water heaters are rated to last around nine years. If your water heater is past its average life span, it is likely time to install a new one. However, you may be able to repair your water heater if the issue is:

  • A minor leak
  • A bad thermocouple
  • A bad thermostat
  • A corroded heating element 

After troubleshooting, we can help you determine whether your water heater problems are best resolved by brand-new hot water heater installation replacement services or if water heater repair is best for you.

Why New Jersey Homeowners Choose Us

Vaughan Comfort Services is a family-owned and operated business that takes care of our customers like they are part of our family. Our master plumber has over 40 years of experience and has the same family values. Finding the right water heater maintenance and service professional who will take care of you by listening to your needs and making recommendations with honesty and integrity can be difficult, but not with us. Don’t take our word for it, though; just look at our reviews!

  • Best HVAC contractors I ever had

    “Amazing customer service. From start to finish the team was professional and went above and beyond. They answered all my questions and ensured everything was done in an extremely professional manner. Marcus and Jeff were two of the best HVAC contractors I ever had. They replaced our entire Air Conditioning Coil and Outdoor Condenser. They even trouble shot the board when attaching to the existing furnace. I will recommend Vaughan heating and air going forward. Request Marcus and Jeff.”

    Joshua L.
  • Team was very kind and knowledgeable

    “We were having a toilet replaced in our main bathroom. Vaughan responded promptly to my quote request and the Team was very kind and knowledgeable regarding the questions I was asking. They emailed the estimate when they said they were going to email, they called back when they said they were going to call back, and they showed up right on time the day of the install. The plumber was very neat with his work area, kept us updated as the work progressed and finished in a timely manner. I would recommend them.”

    Janet O.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Difference Between an Electric Water Heater and a Gas Water Heater?

Gas heaters use fuel like natural gas to ignite a pilot light that runs a flame, just like on your gas stove or gas fireplace. 
Electric water heaters use electric coils that heat up from the electricity flowing through them to heat the water in the tank.

The Vaughan Comfort Services water heater experts can help you decide which type of water heater services are better for your home. 

Related Article: Electric vs. Gas Water Heaters: Which Is Right For You?

How Much Does It Cost to Replace a Water Heater in South Jersey?

On average, a new water heater can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000. We cannot give you a hard estimate, however, until one of our professional installers comes to investigate.

The cost of a new hot water heater depends on the needs of the homeowners. The size of the water heater, the type of system you are replacing, the type of system you are installing, and many other factors can affect the costs. Options range from gas water heaters to electric water heaters, tankless water heaters, high-efficiency heating systems, and more.

How Long Does It Take to Replace a Water Heater?

The average time frame to replace a water heater once we are on the scene is two to three hours, but unforeseen circumstances could always extend this time. It also depends on your exact location, how long it takes us to get to you, how busy we are on the given day, and other factors.

Regardless, we promise to communicate well with you, informing you ahead of time of any possible delays. 

We offer 24-hour emergency service, so no matter the time of day, you can call Vaughan and get your water heater issue resolved.

Related Article: How Long Does It Take to Install a Water Heater? 

Do You Need a Permit to Replace a Water Heater in New Jersey?

Yes, you do need a permit to replace a water heater in New Jersey. Professional plumbing services typically handle the necessary permits and include them in the final cost.

The type of permit you need depends on whether you have a gas or electric water heater. Either way, the permit will typically cost between $80 and $100.

You Rely on Hot Water. Rely on Us to Deliver It!

Vaughan Comfort Services has decades of experience and expertise in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and plumbing services all across Magnolia and the rest of South Jersey. When your water heater isn’t functioning properly, we can assist. When you need on-demand service to provide water heating, from high-efficiency tankless units to traditional gas water heaters, we are ready to provide outstanding workmanship, fast service, and quality you can trust.

We also offer tune-ups and maintenance that can save you money on utility bills while supporting your hot water needs with units that offer outstanding energy efficiency. Our service area covers most of South Jersey. Call us today at 856-627-0303 or use our online contact form to schedule an appointment!

NJ LIC. NO.13VH01727600
Robert W. Vaughan,
Master HVACR Contractor Lic. # 5842
Thomas J. Weaver,
Master Plumber Lic # 9521

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Magnolia, NJ 08049

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