Water Heater Replacement & Installation in Northern Virginia

Leesburg  ∙ Alexandria  ∙ Winchester

With an average lifespan between 10 and 15 years, the day will come when your water heater can no longer keep up with demand, or stops working altogether. When you need a water heater replacement, trust the experts at M.E. Flow for reliable, efficient water heater installation services. Our highly trained, experienced plumbing technicians can help you choose the perfect system for your home and budget, and emergency service is available for those times when you need us the most.

Since our inception in 1951, our family-owned business has worked tirelessly to earn our reputation as Northern Virginia’s most preferred HVAC and plumbing specialists.

Call us today for professional water heater services, or contact us online and let us know how we can help. 

Signs You May Need a Water Heater Replacement

The best time to replace your water heater is before it causes damage to your home and property, or leaves you standing in the cold. Watch for these warning signs that signal a replacement may be in your future:

Water Leakage

If you discover water pooling at the base of the tank it may be caused by a loose connection or fittings, but it may also be a sign of corrosion in the tank itself or fractures due to expansion and contraction as the tank heats up and cools down. Replace your water heater as soon as possible to avoid flooding or damage to structure or materials.

Old Age

Once your water heater has passed the ten-year mark it’s wise to put a plan in place for a replacement to avoid a disruption in service and unexpected expenses.

Discolored Water

Rust colored water coming from only the hot water side of your taps is a sign that your tank may be corroding from the inside. Call the experts at M.E. Flow to determine the source of the rust and whether or not the tank needs to be replaced.

Strange Noises

Banging, rumbling, or knocking sounds are indicative of a buildup of sediment in the bottom of the tank. In addition to a loss of efficiency, sediment can cause overheating which may weaken the tank and cause a leak or flooding.

Frequent Repairs

As your water heater reaches the end of its lifespan you may find yourself calling for repairs on a regular basis.

Tankless Water Heaters vs. Traditional Tank Water Heaters

Tankless Water Heater

This type of heater uses electricity or gas to heat up cold water on demand, with an unlimited supply of hot water. Benefits include:

  • Cost savings – While the initial cost may be higher than a traditional hot water tank, you can save more over time through increased efficiency, as energy is only used as needed.
  • Supply – Never run out of hot water, with a supply rate of two to three gallons per minute.
  • Long lifespan  – A tankless water heater can last 20 years or more when professionally installed and maintained.

Hot Water Tank 

A traditional water heat stores and preheats water in a tank, which is refilled and reheated as needed. Benefits include:

  • Easy installation – Straightforward installation with fewer complications than most tankless models.
  • Lower initial cost – Water heater replacement costs may be lower although monthly energy costs may be higher.

Schedule Water Heater Installation or Replacement in Northern VA

You can rely on the professionals at M.E. Flow for water heater services including installation, repair, and replacement near you! We’ve been Northern Virginia’s trusted choice of plumbers for nearly 70 years! We have three locations to serve you: Winchester, Alexandria, and Leesburg.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your Northern Virginia home.  

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