Water Heater Repair, Replacement & Installation
Licensed, Certified Water Heater Services in Orange County, CA
What’s the one appliance you can’t live without? Takeout can compensate for the fridge. You can always wash dishes by hand.
But try a day or two without your water heater. Frigid showers. Freezing water from the tap.
Most water heaters last between 6 and 13 years. Tankless heaters are more durable — up to 20 years of service. Has your trusty water heater been around for a while? Has it ever been serviced? It may expire when you least expect it.
Cold water bathing is okay for camping but not for your Orange County home. Yet Southern California water heaters lead a brutal existence, thanks to some of the hardest water in the USA.
Whether you realize it or not, your water heater needs help. We’re here to help it.
Hard Water & Water Heaters: What Happens Inside
Hard water leaves a trail of mineral buildup and residue. Soapy residue on shower walls and drinking glasses. Calcium buildup in washing machines and dishwashers.
Inside your water heater, buildup accumulates, reducing efficiency and raising operational costs.
Conscientious homeowners flush and descale their water heaters every year. More frequent flushing is better, but if you’ve never flushed your water heater at all, you’ve passed the point of a DIY repair. It’s time to call us.
We’ll descale the tank, clean or replace the anodes, and check for signs of:
- Bacterial infestation
If your water heater is nearing retirement age, we can discuss replacement options that meet your hot water needs — and budget.
Types of Hot Water Heaters We Repair & Install
Gone are the days of the old dial water heater that came in two configurations: gas and electric.
Today, you have more options than you may realize, including highly efficient tankless water heaters, hot water recirculation systems, and water heat pumps.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless heaters rely on powerful heating coils to heat water on demand. They’re ideal for families that use a lot of hot water.
There’s much less risk of leakage and corrosion (no tank, no stored water), and tankless heaters can be mounted nearly anywhere, even beneath cabinets or against an outside wall, saving valuable space in your home.
Compared to traditional tank-style water heaters, tankless models offer several advantages:
- They’re up to 35% more energy efficient
- They can last twice as long (up to 20 years)
- They take up less space
- They offer a virtually endless supply of hot water
Tankless units require specialized knowledge and expertise in terms of installation and maintenance.
Heat Pump Water Heaters
Also known as hybrid water heaters, heat pump water heaters are an energy-efficient option for large households. They use air or ground temperature to heat water, which makes them up to 60% more efficient than traditional tank models and 30-50% more efficient than tankless units.
Heat pumps are typically installed outdoors, making them ideal for homes with limited indoor space. They can also be installed indoors if desired. Besides the obvious benefits of increased efficiency, heat pump water heaters have an extended lifespan of up to 20 years.
Conventional Water Heaters
Conventional water heaters are the most common type of water heater installed in homes. They come with an insulated tank for hot water, ready for use whenever you need it, and are sold in various sizes, ranging from 20-80 gallons, depending on your household’s needs.
Conventional water heaters are easy to service and maintain — a good thing because they require more maintenance than other water heater types. They should be flushed at least once a year to remove sediment and scale build-up from tank walls.
Solar Water Heaters
Solar water heaters rely on free renewable energy from the sun. They can be installed anywhere with direct exposure to sunlight.
Solar systems typically have two main components: solar collectors and an insulated storage tank. Solar collectors are mounted on the roof of a home to capture and convert the sun’s radiation into usable thermal energy.
Many solar water heating systems come with a backup heating element, such as an electric resistance heater, in case there’s inadequate sunlight during cloudy days or extended rain or snow.
Condensing Water Heaters
Condensing water heaters capture the hot exhaust gases from your space, using regenerative heat exchange to heat the water inside their tank. This indirect heating method is highly efficient and can help save up to 30% on your energy bill compared to other models.
Condensing water heaters have an extended lifespan of up to 20 years. They use an insulated and sealed storage tank that reduces the risk of leakage and corrosion.
Signs Your Water Heater Needs Repair
Here are some tell-tale signs that your water heater (and possibly your hot water plumbing system) is struggling:
- There’s not enough hot water
- Water temperatures are inconsistent
- Your water heater leaks
- Water flow is restricted
- Your water heater makes strange noises
- Your hot water is discolored or smelly
- There are signs of corrosion
- The flame of your gas water heater turns yellow
These are all signs of trouble and a cry for help. You ignore them at your peril — the longer you wait, the more likely you’ll pay for a major repair.
Hot Water Heater Replacement & Installation
Depending on the age and condition of your water heater, replacement may be a better option than repair. Why pour money into an 8-year-old heater that burns energy like an Air Force jet?
Our technicians will recommend the best action and help you choose the right water heater for your needs and budget — gas, electric, tankless, or hybrid heat pump models.
We’ll install your new unit quickly and according to code. Water heaters must follow a precise installation process, including water supply lines, sediment traps, and venting systems.
We realize that a new water heater is a significant expense, and we don’t take our recommendations lightly.
- The age, type, and condition of your water heater
- Your present water consumption
- The space available for a water heater
- Whether a gas, electric, tank, or tankless heater is best for your budget and lifestyle
Please call us for a free consultation. All Orange Coast technicians are licensed and certified, and we back up every repair or installation with a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.
Residential and commercial clients rely on our world-class water heater services.
Our experienced professionals will identify the best solution for your needs and budget.
Call us today to schedule your water heater repair, maintenance, replacement, or installation!
Frequently Asked Questions about Water Heater Repair & Installation
What's the most common water heater problem?
In Orange County, the most common problem with water heaters is sediment buildup, which can cause intermittent heating and loss of hot water supply.
Is it worth it to fix an old water heater?
It depends on the age and condition of your water heater. If it’s past its prime or you’re paying for costly repairs, it may be time to replace it. Our technicians can help you decide which option is best for you.
How long should a water heater last?
Most tank-style water heaters have a lifespan between 6-13 years, while tankless heaters typically last up to 20 years. Regular maintenance will extend the life of your water heater.
What are some common signs my water heater needs repair?
Inconsistent water temperature, insufficient hot water, leaking or restricted water flow, and strange noises are signs of trouble. If you notice any of these issues, call a professional for help.
What types of water heaters do you install?
We install all residential water heaters, including conventional tank-style, tankless, solar, heat pump, and condensing models.
Do you offer emergency services?
Yes! We offer 24/7 emergency services, so our customers never have to go without hot water in their homes.
Can I install my own water heater?
No. Installing a water heater is a complicated process that requires specialized knowledge and expertise. It also involves working with gas or electricity, which can be dangerous. Leave installation to the pros.
Do I need to replace my entire hot water system?
It depends on the age and condition of your system components. In some cases, our technicians may be able to repair your existing system, while in others, a complete replacement may be necessary. We’ll evaluate your water heater and recommend the best action.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us today.