Water Heater Repair in Lexington Park, MD

With all of the different plumbing issues that can possibly pop up in a home, broken or malfunctioning hot water heaters are one of the most inconvenient. We rely on water heaters for everything from dishwashing, to bathing, to hand washing,  to laundry. So when a unit fails to properly heat water getting it repaired immediately is of the utmost importance.

Luckily the team at A Better Plumber & Air Conditioning in Lexington Park is available to provide hot water heater repair & installation 7 days a week, 365 days a year! When you call on us to perform your water heater repair in Lexington Park, you can rest assured that we will dispatch a qualified plumber to your home the very same day you call. Our team of locally hired, expertly trained, and customer service oriented plumbing technicians will be able to diagnose your water heater issue and provide you with an estimate to repair it.

If you own a home long enough having a water heater repaired is all but a guarantee. The biggest mistake we see homeowners make is attempting repairs on their own. Unless it is a simple and easily identifiable issue such as a pilot light that has gone out, or a circuit that has been thrown, hiring a professional is always recommended.

Common Water Heater Issues

As mentioned above, there are some small repairs that can be done on water heaters by handy homeowners. However, the vast majority of issues are best left to professional plumbers. Some examples of those issues are as follows:

– Loud Noises Coming From Tank: If you are hearing loud noises coming from the tank of your water heater it is a surefire sign that something is wrong.  However, it is not usually the result of a catastrophic failure. In most cases audilbe sounds arising from a tank indicate high amounts of sediment build up along the bottm of the tank. This is remedied with a thorough flushing of the unit.

Odd or Foul Smelling Water: If you have water that smells only when faucets are turned to “hot” then the issue is caused by your water heater. This is usually the result of contaminates and bacteria that have built up inside the unit. If your water smells of sulfer or rotten eggs on both hot and cold settings there may be a more serious issue afoot.

Leaks: One water heater issue that is very rarely repaired is a leak coming from the tank. Unlike pipes that can be cut and replaced in sections, a leaking water heater tank must be replaced in it’s entirety .

– Hot Water Loss: The complete loss of hot water is the most common water heater issue we repair here at A Better Plumber & Air Conditioning. For gas water heaters the issue is usually a pilot light that has gone out. With electrical water heaters it is typically caused by a failed heating element. Regardless of the issue causing your loss of hot water, we can repair it.

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    Frequently Asked Water Heater Repair Questions

    How do I know my water heater is repairable?

    The only surefire way to know if your water heater is repairable or not is to have a plumber come out to your home and inspect the unit. There are some issues that are very unlikely to be repaired like a leaking tank or an old water heater that has exceeded it’s lifespan. To schedule an inspection and receive a quote for water heater repair in Lexington Park, MD, give us a call today!

    How long does a water heater typically last?

    Depending on the year it was originally made and the manufacturer most water heaters will have a life span of 10-12 years. The problem is that most homeowners are unaware that their hot water heaters require maintenance and upkeep and the lack of care given to a unit over the years causes premature issues and untimely failure.

    If my water heater cannot be repaired can you sell me a new water heater to install myself?

    The short answer here is no. While some big box stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot may sell water heaters direct to consumers to install themselves, we do not. We install all of the hot water heaters that we sell to our customers.

    What do the different sizes mean?

    If you look at your current water heater you will likely see a number that dictates the size of the tank somewhere on the unit. For residential water heaters this will usually be 40 or 50 gallons. The main difference between the sizes is the amount of hot water they store for in demand use. The larger the tank the longer the hot water supply.

    What water heater brand is the best?

    This depends on several factors such as warranty, budget, and size. We can walk you through the pros and cons of every major brand including Rheem, AO Smith, Bradford White, Rinnai, Bosch, General Electric and more!