Water Heaters

Water Heater Services in Northern Virginia

Water Heater Installation and Repair in Leesburg, Arlington, and Winchester

Water heaters are essential for providing hot water to your showers, baths, dishwashers, laundry, sinks, and other fixtures. Your water heater needs routine maintenance and servicing to ensure it continues running optimally, saving you time and money on costly repairs or replacements down the line. 

M.E. Flow’s water heater services in Northern Virginia include professional assistance with both tank and tankless units. If your existing water heater is past its prime and you are looking into replacing it, our knowledgeable plumbing technicians can help you select the water heating system that suits your needs and budget, from endless hot water with a tankless water heater to traditional storage hot water heating systems. Our family-owned plumbing company is backed by over 70 years of experience and is committed to delivering comprehensive solutions that last.

Having issues with your water heater? Call (571) 350-3183 or contact us online to request a free estimate.

Comprehensive Water Heater Repair Services

Thermostat malfunctions, electrical failures, thermocouple issues, and other factors can all cause water heater problems. Our plumbers can quickly diagnose the issue and conduct efficient repairs. While minor issues may be fixable, it may be in your best interest to replace your water heater in certain scenarios. Our water heater services in Northern Virginia include professional advice on whether a replacement is necessary. 

You may need to consider replacing your water heater if:

  • It is more than 10 years old. The average lifespan of a water heater is about eight to twelve years, but this can vary depending on usage and the type of appliance. Regular maintenance and servicing will help ensure that your water heater runs as efficiently as possible for as long as possible, but even with the best care, it will eventually need to be replaced. If your unit is nearing or already past its expected life expectancy when you start experiencing problems, then now may be the time to start shopping for a new one instead of paying for increasingly frequent repairs.
  • You are noticing steadily increasing utility bills. As water heaters age, their components can wear out or become damaged, leading them to use more and more energy to sufficiently heat water. If your energy bills continue to increase despite no change in usage, your water heater may not be running as efficiently as it used to. Replacing it with a new, more energy-efficient model could help reduce those bills and save you money in the long run.
  • A frequent lack of hot water. If you are consistently dealing with a lack of hot water or if the temperature of the water coming out of your faucet is lower than usual, your water heater may need to be replaced. This can happen because the heating elements in a water heater can wear out over time, leading them to use more energy than necessary to heat the same amount of water. Additionally, sediment buildup and corrosion in older models can also impede performance and lead to shorter runs of hot water. If you have already had a professional service or replace any parts on your unit but you still find yourself running out of hot water faster than usual, then it may be time to explore replacing your water heater with a newer model. 
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Water Heater Installation from Leading Brands

Whether you decide to go for a tankless water heater or a conventional tank water heater, our plumbing professionals at M.E. Flow are here to help you choose the best available model for your needs and budget. We offer water heaters from the industry’s leading manufacturers, including Navien and Bradford White, and can review the pros and cons of each option.

Our water heater services in Northern Virginia include professional installations of all types of units, including:

  • Electric water heaters. The primary advantages of electric water heaters include lower upfront costs and flexible installation options. Electric models tend to be more affordable than gas-powered units, making them a great choice for those with tighter budgets. Additionally, electric water heaters can be installed in a wide range of locations, such as closets or basements, without needing any ventilation, while gas models typically require a dedicated venting system. However, electric models can be prone to performance issues, including slow recovery times, due to their lower heating capacity when compared with gas units. This can lead to intermittent hot water supply issues during peak periods of usage, which could be inconvenient for larger households with multiple occupants relying on hot water at the same time. While ENERGY STAR® rated models are highly efficient, electric models tend to have higher running costs, meaning that you may end up paying more on your energy bills each month compared to an equivalent gas water heater.
  • Gas water heaters. Gas water heaters are highly efficient, meaning you will not have to worry about skyrocketing energy bills due to their lower operating costs. They have faster recovery times than electric units, allowing them to provide hot water at a quicker rate even during peak periods of usage. They are also able to perform better in colder climates due to their ability to produce more heat in freezing conditions compared with electric models. On the other hand, gas water heaters come with higher purchase prices and require a dedicated venting system for safe operation. This means that installation may take longer and cost more depending on the existing setup in your home.
  • Tankless water heaters. Though they are more expensive upfront than other models due to their higher installation costs and specialized plumbing requirements, tankless water heaters offer several key advantages over traditional storage tank models. For one, tankless units are far more efficient than their conventional counterparts. This is because they heat water on demand as opposed to storing preheated water in a large storage tank. This means that there is no energy wasted by keeping gallons and gallons of hot water in reserve at all times. As a result, homeowners can save money on their utility bills due to the increased efficiency of these units. In addition to being more energy-efficient, tankless water heaters offer another major benefit: an endless supply of hot water. Unlike standard tanks which may run out during peak periods of usage, tankless models are capable of providing an uninterrupted flow of hot water as long as it is needed. This makes them ideal for larger households with multiple occupants who rely on hot water at the same time. 
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How Often Do I Need to Flush My Water Heater?

Flushing your water heater is an important maintenance step that helps keep it operating efficiently and can help prolong its lifespan. It involves removing the built-up sediment from the bottom of the tank, which over time will accumulate and reduce the efficiency of your unit. Regular flushing also ensures that there are no leaks in any joints between pipes and fittings connected to your water heater. 

Tank-based water heaters should ideally be flushed approximately by a professional every six months, though if your home has harder water, it may be necessary to flush it more frequently. Tankless water heaters should generally be flushed annually. 

Not sure when you last had your water heater flushed? Call (571) 350-3183 or contact us online to request water heater services in Northern Virginia today.

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