A water heater is exactly what it sounds like. Cold water from the water supply is pumped into the water heater and heated by either burning gas or running electricity through an electric element. Once the water heater has heated the water, it is pushed through your pipes out of your home fixtures.
Not all water heaters are made equal. There are multiple variants of the same part for different water heaters. Also, not every water heater can be saved. If your water heater is leaking from the tank there is more then likely no way to repair the water heater.
There are also some plumbers who have a specific brand of water heater that they promote and sell. These plumbers will try to get you to buy their water heater rather then fix yours. When calling to make an appointment ask them what brands of water heaters do they work on?
Q- My water heater is 10 years or older and needs repair. Should it be repaired or replaced?
A- When considering repair, we like to know that the unit will last at least another 2-3 years. Otherwise, the repair will not be worth the money.
Q-My water heater was installed by another plumbing company and is still covered by the manufactures warranty. Can Rex's fix my water heater still?
A- In most cases yes! We can also get parts straight from the manufacturer.
Q- Does my water heater need an expansion tank?
A- Yes, every water heater should be installed with an expansion tank. As the water heats up that pressure needs to go somewhere and without the expansion tank, that pressure will cause strain on the water heater. Over time that pressure becomes too much and the water heater starts leaking.