Water Heater Repair & Installation

Water Heater Repair & Replacement in Woodbridge

Northern Virginia’s Trusted Water Heater Experts

Your plumbing system is a major investment in your home and one you want to last for many years. Don’t take any chances with faulty plumbing materials or installation. Put all of your plumbing needs in the hands of our competent, trustworthy, and experienced plumbers.

Whether you have an electric or gas water heater, the expert Woodbridge water heater technicians at DB’s Plumbing and Drain® can recommend the best system and repairs for your hot water needs.

Call us at (703) 457-8686 or send us a message online today to schedule your service. Our uniformed, background-checked, and highly-trained technicians have everything you need!

Water Heater Repair Services

As with any mechanical system, water heaters will require occasional maintenance to work their best. Our repair specialists will complete a safety and efficiency review of your existing water heater and suggest the best course of action to ensure a ready flow of hot water for your home. We service electric and gas water heaters, so contact us for a diagnostic and cost estimate if you’re experiencing plumbing issues.

Signs You Need Hot Water Heater Repair

Your hot water heater is a vital appliance that ensures comfort and convenience in your home. When it's functioning properly, you may not think much about it, but when issues arise, they can disrupt your daily routine. At DB’s Plumbing and Drain®, we understand the importance of a reliable hot water supply. 

Here are some common signs that indicate you may need hot water heater repair:

  • Insufficient Hot Water: If you notice that your hot water supply is dwindling or you're getting lukewarm water when you should have hot water, it could be a sign of a malfunctioning heating element or a sediment buildup in the tank.
  • Fluctuating Water Temperatures: Inconsistent water temperatures, where the water goes from hot to cold or vice versa during use, may indicate a faulty thermostat or a heating element issue.
  • Strange Noises: Unusual noises coming from your water heater, such as popping, banging, or hissing sounds, could be a sign of sediment buildup or a malfunctioning heating element.
  • Leaks or Puddles: Any visible leaks or puddles around your water heater should be addressed promptly. Leaks can indicate a damaged tank or a faulty pressure relief valve.
  • Discolored or Rusty Water: If the hot water coming out of your taps is discolored or has a rusty appearance, it may be a sign of corrosion inside the tank. This can lead to further damage if left unattended.
  • Foul Odors: Foul-smelling water or an unpleasant odor near the water heater can be caused by bacterial growth in the tank or sediment buildup.
  • Age of the Water Heater: The average lifespan of a water heater is typically 8-12 years. If your unit is approaching or exceeding this age, it may be more prone to issues and could benefit from an inspection.
  • Increased Energy Bills: A sudden spike in your energy bills without an obvious explanation could be attributed to an inefficient or malfunctioning water heater.
  • Pilot Light Problems: If you have a gas water heater and the pilot light frequently goes out or won't stay lit, it may require attention from a professional technician.

Ignoring these signs can lead to further damage, reduced efficiency, and higher repair costs. If you've noticed any of these indicators in your hot water system, it's advisable to contact the experienced team at DB’s Plumbing and Drain® for a thorough inspection and prompt hot water heater repair. 

Water Heater Replacement Services

If you are looking to upgrade your current water heater or want to install a new water heater, turn to DB’s Plumbing and Drain®. Our team of experts have years of combined experience and can help you make the right decision for your home. 

We use the latest technology to ensure that all water heaters are installed correctly, and functioning at optimal levels. If you are not sure what type of water heater is best for you and your family, our team of professionals is available to answer any questions that you may have about the different types of water heaters available to you.

Upgrade to a Tankless Water Heater

If you're considering replacing your current water heater, you may want to explore the option of upgrading to a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters provide on-demand hot water, which means you'll never run out of hot water during a shower or while doing the dishes. They also take up less space, have a longer lifespan, and can potentially save you money on your energy bills.

Benefits of tankless water heaters include:

  • Endless hot water
  • Space-saving design
  • Longer lifespan
  • Energy efficiency
  • Potential cost savings

Our team at DB's Plumbing and Drain® can assess your home's hot water needs and recommend the best tankless water heater options to fit your lifestyle and budget. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of upgrading to a tankless water heater.

What Is the Lifespan of a Conventional Water Heater?

A conventional water heater is a dependable appliance that provides your home with a steady supply of hot water for various daily activities, from showering to washing dishes and doing laundry. However, like all appliances, it has a limited lifespan. 

Understanding the typical lifespan of a conventional water heater can help you plan for replacement and avoid unexpected disruptions. 

Here's what you need to know:

On average, a conventional water heater has a lifespan of about 8 to 12 years. The actual lifespan can vary depending on factors such as the quality of the unit, the level of maintenance it receives, and the local water quality.

The Factors That Affect Water Heater Lifespan

  • Water Quality: The mineral content and hardness of your local water supply can impact the lifespan of your water heater. Hard water with high mineral levels can lead to mineral buildup and sediment accumulation, which can shorten the heater's lifespan.
  • Maintenance: Regular maintenance, including flushing the tank to remove sediment and inspecting for signs of wear or corrosion, can extend the life of your water heater. Neglecting maintenance can lead to premature failure.
  • Quality of Installation: Proper installation by a qualified technician is crucial for the long-term performance of your water heater. Poor installation can result in problems and reduce the unit's lifespan.
  • Usage: The amount of hot water your household consumes and how often the heater is in use can impact its longevity. Larger families or homes with higher hot water demand may see a shorter lifespan.

We Recommend State Water Heaters

DB’s Plumbing and Drain® installs high-efficiency State water heaters with better designs and bigger energy savings than ever. No one builds durability into a product better than State. 

They test their water heater product in some of the toughest conditions to ensure they last longer and provide many years of hot water. They have developed enamels that flex with water temperature extremes to ensure a longer product life. 

In addition to the manufacturer warranty of 6 years on the water tank, DB’s Plumbing and Drain® backs their work with a warranty of one year for parts and labor.

Optional Features When Installing a New Water Heater

We offer several optional additions to your system to ensure it is as efficient and functional as possible.

Some of these features include:

  • Water alarms: These go off when your water heater leaks, allowing you to take corrective action before the problem grows worse
  • Pressure regulators: Keep water pressure from exceeding a pre-set limit…that protects the unit and connecting pipes from leaking or bursting
  • Timers: Cause your water heater to draw power only when you need hot water, saving you money on energy and prolongs the life of your unit

What Is Included in a Water Heater Checkup?

It is important to have your hot water system routinely inspected and maintained by a professional. This prevents unnecessary damage from shortening the lifespan of your unit.

Areas routinely checked during a water heater repair service call include:

  • Dip Tube
  • Gas Line
  • Water Heater Pan
  • Drip Pan
  • Expansion Tank
  • Burner Assembly (gas water heater)
  • Thermal Couple (gas water heater)
  • Thermostat (electric water heater)
  • Elements (electric water heaters)
  • Temperature/Pressure Relive Valve/T&P Valve (Gas & Electric)

Why Flushing the Hot Water Tank Is Vital

One of the most important elements in a water heater maintenance routine is flushing out the tank. Over time, sediment builds up inside the tank that will reduce the efficiency of your water heating system. 

Eventually, scale buildup can be so severe that it can make your water heater totally inoperable and end its lifespan prematurely. If sediment is starting to build up inside your tank, you may hear a gurgling or popping sound.

Reasons You May Not Have Hot Water

Ever cry out to others in the home to not run faucets or not flush toilets since you want to take a HOT shower? We can make sure you have all the hot water your needs demand.

There are a few reasons you may not have hot water, such as:

  • The pilot light may have gone out
  • Sediment build-up
  • Thermostat problems
  • Gas line leak
  • You have exceeded the capacity of your water heater tank

Trust us for all of your water heater needs in Woodbridge and the surrounding area! Reach out to our experienced team to learn more about what we can do to make your home a better and more comfortable place for you today.

Contact us anytime by calling us at (703) 457-8686 or contacting us online today!

Commonly Asked Questions

How often should I have my water heater serviced?

It is recommended to have your water heater serviced at least once a year to ensure it is functioning efficiently and to catch any potential issues early on.

What should I do if I notice a leak around my water heater?

If you notice a leak or puddle around your water heater, it is important to contact a professional plumber to assess and address the issue promptly to prevent further damage.

Is it possible to extend the lifespan of my water heater?

Regular maintenance, such as flushing the tank to remove sediment and inspecting for signs of wear or corrosion, can help extend the lifespan of your water heater.

What are some common signs that indicate the need for water heater repair?

Common signs include insufficient hot water, fluctuating water temperatures, strange noises, leaks or puddles, discolored or rusty water, foul odors, increased energy bills, and pilot light problems.


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