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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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Robert B.
Very professional service, diagnostic and repair. Colton showed on-time to repair our leaking toilet. He was very professional and polite. Got the job completed in a timely manner. I highly recommend Colton and Covenant Plumbing Sevice.
joni B.
These guys are fantastic! We detected a leak in the water heater late in the evening called the follow morning and were at my house within hours. Our water heater needed replaced and the job was done by 11:00 that morning. Very prompt, courteus and clean. Thank you so much for your great service!
Truman W.
Know the guy who owns the place. Made a bench and a stand for my family on top of giving me tips for plumbing. Great guy
Jeff T.
Shyvonne C.
This was our first experience with Covenant Plumbing. We were impressed with them being able to send a technician so quickly. Cameron was our tech and he did an excellent job. He was courteous, efficient and explained everything to us. They definitely provided 5 star service!
Josh J.
Scheduled easily online, great communication over text from their team! Showed up on-time and were ready to replace our disposal! Quick and friendly! Highly recommend!
Marc B.
From the initial phone call to the final handshake after the dishwasher was installed the service was excellent! Explained everything that they were going to do and why and followed through. The job was done quickly however they still paid attention to the details and we are very happy.Of course you never know what will happen down the road however we feel confident that Covenant will have our back. Highly recommended.
Cynthia W.
I have had reason to use three different plumbing companies in Bloomington area. Covenant Plumbing has been the best! All of the technicians have been helpful. As they work they explain what's taking place and exactly how much it's going to cost if I choose to have something fixed. They're all very pleasant and respectful of my home and belongings as they work. And they always clean up as they go! I won't call anybody but them if I should need a plumber again. The office staff has also always been Pleasant and helpful. I don't hesitate to give all the people I've come in contact with and the company as a whole five stars!
Will F.
Paying for the service was not fun, but the quality of human beings and quality of service I received was spectacular for this industry. Other companies like Roto-Rooter or other aggressive sales oriented plumbers are pretty horrible to work with, these guys were fantastic to have around my home, showing me their equipment, and answering any questions that I would have. Thank you covenant plumbing!
Ann H.
My work was completed very efficiently in a very timely manner. The technician was very professional and friendly. Would highly recommend Covenant Plumbing.
Lone W.
Excellent service!
Jacquie C.
Super happy with this company. Everyone was very kind and helpful. Fast response time, good work and reasonable pricing. I will definitely use them again.
Andrew F.
Great service. Friendly technicians!
David K.
Jordan was awesome and did a fantastic job installing our hot water heater! I highly recommend him and Covenant.
Mike E.
Arrived on time. Fixed the problem for a reasonable amount. Shane the technician was professional and friendly. Would use them again.
They have always been very wuick response time, are very careful with your property, explain things and provide options! Highly Recommend. Love the # of Veterans they employ! I’ll always do business with a company with these values!
10valleybassin F
Very pleasant and very professional work. I would definitely recommend.
Julie M.
These folks are courteous, customer focused and prompt. Attention to detail is also top notch.
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Nupur K.
I highly recommend Covenant and especially Cameron for their exceptional plumbing services. They delivered top-notch work, and I will definitely call them for any future plumbing needs.They were prompt in their response and provided a clear, detailed quote for the job. Scheduling the appointment was easy, and they were very accommodating to my availability.Thank you, Covenant Plumbing and Cameron, for a job well done!
Justin A.
I have used Covenant Plumbing for a basement reno and for a service call for a water leak. Prompt, courteous and honest service all around.
Mike M.
Our water heater went bad and leaked all over our basement floor. We called Covenant Plumbing as a new customer. They came within 30 minutes and replaced our water heater with a new one the same day. They were very helpful, professional, knowledgable, and I highly recommend them!!!
J Scott F.
Judy E.
Pleased with the quick and efficient service.. Darren and his partner were very professional and courteous. Would recommend strongly.Had an emergency water heater installed this morning
Kimberly T.
Shane came out and finished a major repair with the highest professionalism. I will definitely be using Covenant Plumbing again in the future, and I will be recommending them to my friends and family.
Moon B.
Our plumber arrived right on time and made the process easy and simple!
Lois C.
Cameron quickly found the source of the leak I saw on the basement floor. The 22 year old toilet in the main bathroom needed to be replaced. Cameron was kind enough to show me a few different affordable options. He and his assistant were professional, courteous, and neat. I would highly recommend Covenant Plumbing If you looking for a reliable plumbing company.
ali K.
Shane and Dayton were both so prompt and courteous! Very professionalAnd got the job done. Very pleased!
Brent A.
Daren did a great job. Will be using them in the future!
David D.
Had a clogged drain in my basement - they were able to come out next day and fix it in a couple hours for a fair price.
Patty N.
As always we received excellent work from Covenant Plumbing. Arrived on time, got the work done in a timely manner without rushing through it and cleaned up after. I highly recommend Covenant Plumbing.
Lorraine G
Covenant has completed 3 jobs for me, all done very professionally by very friendly technicians. Thank you!
Gregory L.
Darren didn't take long enough as I wanted a longer lunch! Great service and finished product.
Mary Fox C.
Excellent service! Came out quickly, fixed my drain issue, and the techs were professional and polite. Highly recommend.
Wanda W.
Update 5/28. Shane M did an excellent job explaining the issue! This is a great company.Miles F was very professional and courteous. He fixed everything that I needed and showed me what was broken. I did have a problem with my hot water after Miles left, so I called the company and they sent Cameron L right away. Cameron identified the issue and fixed the issue. This company did an excellent job. The price was a little high, plus the quality and guarantee is worth it. Please use this company for your plumbing needs.
Marcia M.
Excellent and positive experience. Knowledgeable.
Steve B.
I had a water leak and Covenant Plumbing came right out to fix the problem. The plumber was very professional and was respectful of our home. (Wore booties to protect the floors) I will have them again when I need a plumber. Thanks
Deepak S.
Matt W.
Incredibly friendly staff that does quality work. Very happy with a gas line installation for a pool heater. Extra star for the embrace of technology ( texting, online scheduling, iPad photos of work done)
Sarah B.
Very pleased with the knowledge, professionalism, and friendly personnel at Covenant Plumbing.
lily C.
Very responsive a professionsl.
I called for an estimate on running a new gas line to my pool heater. The person on the phone was friendly and very helpful in setting up an appointment that very day! Shane and David came on time …. Introduced themselves …and got to work quickly. I had an estimate within a half hour and the estimate was half as much as the one another plumber had given to me! Shane had suggestions on how best to do the job and indicated that he had completed lots of similar jobs. I had a great deal of confidence in him right away.Then I asked how long the job would take and how quickly they could schedule it. That’s when the big surprise came! The other plumber had told me he would have to check the schedule and said “maybe within the next two weeks.” Shane from Covenant Plumbing said “we can do it right now …. and it will only take a couple of hours.” I said “let’s do it.”Shane and David finished the job in a little over an hour and the new pool heater fired up right away. The new gas line looks great and works great. I could not be happier with the work they did for me. From my initial phone call and the friendly voice on the other end of the line to the completion of the job …. It was a great experience and I wholeheartedly recommend Covenant Plumbing!And recently…….Covenant did their annual inspection (a great bonus they provide) and found a few issues that needed repair. Jordan (a former Marine) found the problems …. did the repairs and even replaced a faulty toilet in just a few hours. Once again, I could not be happier with Covenant Plumbing. They are my plumbers!
Josh K.
Cameron was very professional, fast, and effective. He also was very patient running me through my options! Thanks again! Highly recommend. Within 3 hours of my hot water heater breaking they came and had it replaced!
Debra E.
Covenant installed a new water heater the same day I called! Cleaned up and left no mess, only a nice new water heater! Recommend!
Emily S.
They responded quickly in an emergency and did a wonderful job for us! We have used them for a variety of plumbing jobs. I recommend Covenant for all your plumbing needs.
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Sivaraj B
Covenant’s expert (Shane M) came to fix the water softener and he came on time and did thorough investigation and he was able to find the issue and fixed in less than 20 mins. He explained the issue in detail and also the fix. Good job Shane and covenant team and keep up the good work.

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