We specialize in water heater replacements, installations, repairs and maintenance inspections in Evanston, IL, Wilmette, IL, and across the Chicago North Shore area. In addition, we service all types of water heaters, including gas, electric, solar, tankless and indirect. If your water heater starts to act up, we’ll quickly diagnose your system and recommend the right course of action for your home.

Repair or Replace?

hot water heater replacement taking place in wilmette, ilWhen there’s a problem with your hot water heater, it’s important to think long term. How old is your system? Is it running efficiently? Or is it putting you in hot water every month when it’s time to pay the utility bills? These are just some of the questions to ask before you decide to repair or replace your system. Fortunately, you don’t need to make this decision alone. In fact, you shouldn’t!

At American Vintage Home, we’ve spent decades working with hot water heaters. We know what to look for in your system and how to gauge its overall efficiency. We can tell you whether you’ll save more in the long run by repairing your system or replacing it. If your water heater is relatively new, it usually makes more sense to repair it. But if your system is more than 10 years old, replacement is likely the smarter decision. Modern-day water heaters operate much more efficiently than those made just 10 years ago.

During an installation, you also have the opportunity to replace your traditional tank water heater with a tankless one. Homeowners looking to save more money over time can do so with a tankless system. Though these systems cost more upfront, they use less energy than traditional tank units. They heat water on-demand to ensure you’ll only pay for the hot water you need and nothing more.

Visit our water heaters page to learn more about tankless water heaters and their many benefits.

The Most Common Water Heater Repairs

We’ve been in the HVAC industry for decades, which means we’ve seen our fair share of water heater problems in Oak Park, IL, Wilmette, IL, and the nearby communities. Some of the most common issues homeowners face with their hot water heaters include:

  • No hot water/not enough hot water
  • A leaking system
  • Discolored water
  • Unusual noises
  • Foul odors

Want to stop these problems in their tracks? The best way to prevent your system from failing is to have it maintained annually by a professional. When you join our Home Service Plan, our technicians will flush the tank and perform a thorough water heater safety check. This keeps your system running efficiently and significantly reduces your chances for taking a cold shower in the middle of winter!