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Published March 26, 2024

Making Sure Your Water Heater Replacement Is On Your Terms, And Selecting The Right New Model | Bloomington, IL

Covenant Plumbing is your trusted local plumbing & drain experts in Bloomington-Normal, IL. and the surrounding areas since 2006.

Written By
Lori Stickling
Making Sure Your Water Heater Replacement Is On Your Terms, And Selecting The Right New Model | Bloomington, IL

The first thing to consider about water heater replacement is whether you want to schedule it based on the expected lifetime or wait until you’re sure it can serve you no longer. In the first case, especially if you have annual maintenance, your plumber can observe the tank condition and tell you it’s time-based on corrosion and tank wall thickness, and the risk of leaks and bursting. In the second case, you’re looking at a lack of hot water if the heater fails, and a potentially major cleanup if the tank fails. At Covenant Plumbing in Bloomington, IL, we want to help you perform your water heater replacement a more relaxing way, on your terms.

Planned Replacement Strategies

A typical standard hot water heater lasts about 10 years, less if no maintenance is performed, more with good water quality and careful maintenance, especially replacing the anode rod correctly. The tank condition is the key factor, as functional components such as heating, gear are fairly serviceable. If the heating elements need repair and your tank is in its last year or so, the combination might trigger a water heater replacement a bit early to save repair costs. If we’re servicing your unit from year to year and observing the changes in the tank condition and other factors, we can probably help you plan and budget for a replacement pretty accurately. That means we can help you get the work done when holding the doors open to transport the old unit out and the new one in won’t bring in freezing cold air as well, and perhaps even when your family can do without hot water for a short while as the changeover is performed: in a large family, it seems like stopping the flow of laundry and showers can be nearly impossible!

With Advanced Planning Comes More Water Heater Replacement Choices

When you know the day is coming when you’ll need a new water heater, you don’t have to make a quick decision to replace a failed unit. If you like, you can consider other types of water heaters with potential savings on energy, maintenance, or both. In particular, the big three of traditional water heaters, hybrid water heaters using heat pump technology as the primary heat source, and tankless water heaters that use gas or electric heat, but a lot less since they’re not constantly heating a tank full of water. Without the tank, there’s usually a lot less maintenance, too. Installation can cost more, but the amazing service life that tankless units offer plus the energy savings can make the numbers very attractive. When you plan ahead, you have time to run the numbers, or talk with our team and have us help you gain perspective on the advantages of each type of unit, and the various models available. We can also talk about a replacement of one kind with another, which may involve plumbing changes, energy source changes if you switch from gas to electric or the other way around, and in the case of tankless water heater replacement models, figuring out what to do with all the extra space you’ll have when the tank-based one is removed.

Other Factors Experienced Homeowners Consider with Water Heater Replacement

Many homeowners have had a water heater replacement performed only to spend considerable time afterward picking up plumbing bits, sweeping the floors, and otherwise doing cleanup after the replacement was performed and the workers left. Our experienced and reliable plumbers are also fairly tidy, as we treat your home with respect, whether we’re working in your basement or the master bathroom. So, it’s not just a matter of which replacement model you choose, but who installs it and the quality of their work. There are also the details, from skilled plumbing techniques whether it’s a simple swap to an equivalent model or re-plumbing for a different type of unit. The work should be neat and carefully done, and if you’d like extra details such as making sure the temperature and pressure relief valve overflow goes to a drain, or your new tank-based unit and basement pipes are insulated, those options should be available and done with care.

Tilting the Scales of Water Heater Replacement Towards Tankless

When you have a tank-based water heater, you always have to think about small overflows due to pressure problems, and major leaks or worse due to tank failure. If you store boxes of papers or other moisture-vulnerable materials on the floor nearby, they could be damaged or destroyed, even rugs and furniture nearby could be at risk. A tankless water heater could, in theory, still spring a leak as any other plumbing in the basement could, but not only does it give you more space where the old tank used to be, it also keeps nearby basement space safer. It’s perhaps not the top consideration when choosing, but something to remember.

Hybrid Water Heaters

Similar to tank-based water heaters but with a more efficient heat source as its primary method, hybrid water heaters take a bit more space above and need air circulation to gather heat with the heat pump. Other than that, they’re a fairly straightforward choice if you’re looking for better performance than your current standard tank-based water heater. In an unheated basement, you might find you’re not getting the numbers you wanted, so we can help you survey your home and gather more information.

Your Water Heater Replacement Experts in Bloomington, IL

As your plumbing partners in Bloomington, ILCovenant Plumbing can help you look down the road and think about changes like a new water heater so you have time to plan ahead and make choices to last. If you’re not already getting routine water heater maintenance and repairs from us, let us help with that, and we’ll be glad to talk about your future water heater options — or emergency replacement options today — as well.

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Luke M.
Great service, fast repair of a toilet.
david W.
Excellent service, thank you.
Samantha N.
Covenant plumbing was prompt, professional, and did a beautiful job replacing the shower faucets. They also installed a water filtration system for the house, which was definitely needed. As always, their work is the highest quality, and we look forward to enjoying it for years to come.
Lisa C.
Prompt courteous service. Was able to repair without leaving and coming back.
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clarisse S.
The plumbers arrived on time and completed a kitchen sink drain and seal job carefully and efficiently right then. Appreciated their down to earth suggestions and viewpoints! P
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Samantha K.
As always, Covenant did a fantastic job. Prompt, efficient, affordable.
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Trevor B.
As much as I can love a plumbing service, I love Covenant. My technician Jordan was polite and thorough. Thank you Covenant!
Paula C.
Dayton and Colton were extremely professional, and knowledgeable. Friendly and efficient service.
I am very pleased with the service I received. I was impressed with Cameron who was friendly, knowledgeable and professional. He was efficient and repaired my toilet in a timely manner. Cameron provided me info about the repairs I received today and info for future services with a quote if I decide to replace my outdated toilet which I am considering. Thanks, Cameron @ Covenant Plumbing.
Jeanette F.
I’ve used Covenant Plumbing twice now, Amanda in office is so kind and goes above and beyond in ensuring good communication. Every technician has been amazing, I’ve dealt with a host of issues after buying an old home and they’ve always been transparent and done excellent work. Very trustworthy, I wouldn’t go anywhere else!
A. Claire P.
Timely and courteous. Definitely recommend for plumbing needs.
Theodore R.
Reasonable price And competent work. I recommend.
Duane F.
Covalent is a great family based company. I called last night and they were on the job first thing this morning. Jordan was professional, super to work with and grateful for our business! We love these guys!
John E.
Jordan was very easy to talk with and knowledgeable of his products and service. He gave us options to meet our budget and left a quote on our email. Enjoyed our visit with him.
Doug N.
Excellent service already have them coming back to fix more I was waiting on. Dayton was very friendly and tidy.
Larry M.
Martha S.
Wonderful experience!! Cameron was very nice and thorough!
Ann F.
I have had two experiences with Covenant. I am out of town and set up appointments for my Mom’s house. It was very easy and smooth. They keep in communication and did a great job. Friendliness counts to me and they were a 10/10!
Tech Darren R. Was knowledgeable, & professional. 10/10 Recommend Covenant Plumbing
Katie R.
The guys did a wonderful job of clearing both my drains that were backed up. They were very helpful and professional, I will be using Covenant from now on.
John M.
The crew that came out really went above and beyond in identifying and repairing the issue with our sump line. Their extra diligence found not only one problem, but another more severe issue further down that could have turned into a much larger problem, had they not caught it.We have nothing but good things to say about our various experiences (current and previous) with Covenant. Thorough, professional and skilled all around!
Delayne and his son were very professional and friendly. Delay e quickly identified the problem with our garbage disposal and since it was under warranty, replaced the disposal with same make and model. They completed the job quickly and efficiently. Highly recommend Covenant Plumbing!!
Jack K.
Well done professional visit. Did a thorough job of looking at plumbing condition of the household.
shawn H.
Tech was polite, and very competent and was done with the job very rapidly! Great experience! I recommend Covenant to anyone needing plumbing work.
Herbert S.
Amy M.
Cameron was friendly, professional, helpful, and came out quickly.
Jackie S.
My repairman was great. Conscientious and professional. Price was a bit high to replace a faucet, but I have a yearlong warranty!
Renee P.
Jordan was great!!! As a homeowner, I try to complete small DIY projects myself. Jordan took a look at the work that I’d done to make sure it was complete and proceeded to repair a fill valve that I didn’t care to tackle, lol. He was great and even explained to me the steps to take if I should have any future concerns. Definitely keeping their number in my contacts of preferred plumber :)
Audrey E.
Very fast, efficient and friendly.
Jodi D.
The staff at Covenant are always so professional and helpful! I am so appreciative of each of them!
Corie R.
Very polite and knowledgeable. I had them over to clear a sink drain. He was quick but thorough and also recommended a maintenance solution to pour in the drain on a monthly as a preventative .
Peg W.
Dayton solved our problem and was very professional. He was so pleasant and knowledgeable. Thank you!
Mike B.
Great response time. Messaged them late at night and they were here next day. Knowledgeable on what needed done to replace water heater, and felt their advised options were professional. Highly recommend.
Dan S.
Shane was easy to work with. Explained how the new RO system would be installed and where the new filters would be placed in the basement. Went over the pricing of each item to be installed, including the garbage disposal unit. Nice to have someone willing to take the time and effort to go over all the details with the customer!!
Darren R was very helpful and stuck with me even when the replacement job went sideways. I am so grateful to have this leaky sink behind me.
Autumn G.
ruth D.
Cameron came promptly and addressed my concerns by giving me a free quote on a new water softener.
Kenneth S.
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Melissa R.
Another great service visit from Covenant!! Excellent customer service from the initial call, scheduling of service, and technician visit. I appreciated how they listened to the issue, took time to investigate, and offered a variety of options. Highly recommended and will use again. Thank you!!

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