Looking for water heater installation or repair? Len The Plumber offers same day service seven days a week! Our water heater experts serve Baltimore, Washington D.C., Northern Virginia, Delaware, and the Philadelphia area with fast and reliable water heater service. We offer convenient appointment times and fully stocked trucks so your family can get back to normal as soon as possible!
If your water heater is leaking or isn’t heating your water well enough for your needs, call (800) 950-4619(800) 950-4619 today.
Hot Water Heater Services
Our certified technicians are experts in water heater installation and repair services and will help you choose the best option for your home, family, or business. We offer troubleshooting, repair, and replacement services for all types of water heating solutions, including:
Our professional and friendly staff is standing by and ready to help. Call (800) 950-4619(800) 950-4619 today!
Water Heater Repair FAQs
What would cause a water heater to stop working?
How long does a water heater last?
Most tank-style water heaters last about eight to 12 years. Tankless water heaters last 15 to 20 years. Around this time, the appliance starts running less efficiently and becomes more prone to failure.
While most people wait until their water heater stops working to replace it, this can be incredibly stressful, especially if the water heater fails catastrophically and floods your home. It’s much more convenient to shop for a replacement water heater around the 10-year or 15-year mark, depending on what type of water heater you have.
What is the correct color of a water heater burner flame?
Is it dangerous to have a leaking water heater?
That depends on the cause of the problem. If the temperature and pressure (T&P) valve fails to turn off your water heater when the temperature or pressure is too high, your water heater could explode. However, many water heater leaks are caused by other issues (such as sediment buildup that leads to corrosion), so the explosion of your tank isn’t the top concern. In any case, you should call a plumber if you notice any type of leak around your water heater.
What is the difference between a traditional and tankless water heater?
Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, generate hot water on demand. Powerful electric elements or gas burners create an impressive temperature rise when you call for hot water. Once the water turns off, so does the tankless unit, saving energy and reducing wear and tear.Learn more about the difference between a traditional and tankless water heater.
Do I need water heater maintenance?
Yes. Just like your furnace and air conditioner, your water heater needs regular tune-ups to perform at its peak. The main reasons to schedule water heater maintenance include:
- Increased efficiency
- Lower utility bills
- Fewer breakdowns
- Lower repair costs
- Longer life span
Why does it take so long to get hot water?
When you turn on a hot water faucet for the first time in a few hours, you may find yourself waiting impatiently for 30 seconds or more for the water to heat up. Once it starts coming out hot, it stays that way for a while. This happens because several feet of pipes separate the faucet from the water heater, and the water cools as it sits unused in the pipes. The further away a fixture is from the water heater, the longer it takes for the water to heat up.
Of course, if you keep running out of hot water, your water heater could be failing, or there might be sediment buildup that needs to be flushed out of the tank.
It’s important to understand a phenomenon that occurs with tankless water heaters called the cold-water sandwich effect. This is when hot water flows from the tap followed by a few seconds of cold water before the water gets hot again. Cold-water sandwiches happen because tankless units turn off while not in use. It takes a moment for the burner or heating element to kick on when you call for hot water again, so a bit of cold water enters the pipe. This is normal and doesn’t require tankless water heater repair
Why is my water heater leaking?
Wondering who to call for water heater repair? Don’t put your family at risk—if your water heater isn’t burning properly or your tank is damaged, contact Len The Plumber for water heater repair right away!
When Should I Replace My Water Heater?
Most hot water heaters will last around eight to twelve years. Once they’ve been around for this long, they start to lose their efficiency and become more prone to failure. And while most people wait until their water heater has catastrophically failed before shopping around for a replacement water heater, there are benefits to upgrading your unit before it dies!
Water heaters are among the top energy users in your home—in many cases, they account for as much as 25% of your home’s energy use. As they get older and less efficient, this number climbs even higher, and the unit gets more and more expensive to operate.
Don’t wait until your water heater fails or becomes inefficient before you consider a replacement. Many options exist today that will keep your home running comfortably and also save you money.
Tankless Water Heaters
One solution for saving energy (and money) on hot water is to install a tankless water heater. Because tankless water heaters don’t store heated water, they use less energy and save you money on your utility bills. Plus, they save space, eliminate the risk of water damage due to a leaking water storage tank, and last up to twice as long as a conventional water heater.
Don’t DIY Your Water Heater Installation!
You may have looked up videos about how to install a water heater yourself, but our team cautions strongly against trying to DIY anything related to water heaters—particularly ones fueled by natural gas. Hooking up gas lines should always be done by a professional. Plumbers must get a special certification in order to perform gas plumbing services, and the average homeowner simply doesn’t have the knowledge to do these tasks safely.
Gas leaks can make your family sick from carbon monoxide poisoning and even cause dangerous house fires. Plus, improperly installed electric water heaters can leak steam that causes mold growth and water damage. Save yourself the frustration and cost of necessary repairs (or even replacement) down the line and hire a professional to begin with.
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Choose Len The Plumber for Water Heater Service in MD, DC, VA, DE & PA!
Our team is fast, reliable, and local—“plumber” is in our name, and plumbing is all we do. When you’re facing an issue with your water heater or you’re ready to upgrade, there’s no group of professionals better equipped to help. We offer same day service and convenient appointments so you never have to wait around when you’re in need, and we provide all our plumbers with fully stocked trucks so they can take care of repairs on the first trip. And on top of all that, our team is composed of friendly, respectful people who treat your home and family with kindness.