Water Heater Installation And Replacement in Charlottesville, VA

A Plumber from The Otter Guys installing a Water Heater in Charlottesville, VA.

Are you noticing signs that your water heater needs to be replaced? Even the most efficient water heaters have a lifespan of about ten years, whether it’s because of use, strain, or the tank’s age. While regular maintenance will help your system last longer, ultimately, it will need to be replaced. Fortunately, The Otter Guys are the go-to experts for all your water heater repairs and installs. Our Charlottesville, VA, professionals are ready to help! Contact us now for an installation estimate and to learn more about our quality water heater services.

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We Offer Water Heater Installation

Our team of experts will assist you with all your water heater installation needs. We offer conventional, gas, and tankless water heater options.

Conventional Water Heaters

The services in your house are a big part of determining what runs your traditional water heater. These may run on any of the usual fuel sources: natural gas, liquid propane, oil, or electricity. A gauge within the tank displays the water’s temperature. The appliance turns on to raise the temperature of the water when it falls below a predetermined level. Whether you are sleeping or going on vacation, that ongoing heating process continues every day, seven days a week.

Natural Gas Water Heaters

A gas water heater is a tank that heats water using a burner that burns gas at the tank’s bottom. Starting at the bottom, hot water rises to the top, where a discharge tube pulls it out. Among the many advantages of natural gas water heaters are their purchase price, a wide range of available sizes, and easy installation. 

Tankless Water Heaters

The tankless water heater offers considerable energy cost reductions over a traditional one since it only warms water as needed. In other words, the only water you use and pay to heat is the hot water. A tankless water heater may be counted on to work dependably for 20 years or more, as opposed to the average 10 or 15 years of a conventional water heater. Tankless water heaters are typically twice as expensive as standard ones because of their longer lifespan.

When Should I Invest In A New Water Heater?

You may not give your water heater a second thought when it’s functioning correctly. It is easy to take it for granted until something goes wrong, whether doing the dishes or taking a hot bath after a long day. To avoid disruption and be better prepared for disaster, it is necessary to identify key warning signs of a failing water heater.

Give us a call today to schedule a water heater installation service in the Charlotte, VA, area.

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Age And Condition

Most of the time, when your water heater reaches its 10-year mark, it’s time to start keeping a tight eye on it. If you’re unsure of your water heater’s age, look at the rating plate or large label with the information about your unit.  With proper maintenance and care, water heaters can last long after ten years of age, but it is crucial to start planning for your next installation around this time. Rust and visible corrosion cannot be repaired, eventually leading to leaks. It must be changed as soon as possible if you notice signs of rust or corrosion. 

Rust Colored Water

One of the most critical indicators of a malfunctioning water heater is rusty water, which indicates that the heater is corroding and rusting on the interior and may leak soon. However, if rust is detected when running cold water, your pipes are most likely to blame.


Loud pounding, rumbling, or knocking are indicators that your water heater needs to be repaired or replaced. The presence of sediment building within the tank is the cause of loud noises coming from the heater. The sediment will harden and move inside the tank, making loud banging, rumbling, popping, and bubbling noises. The heater will have to work harder, increasing energy costs. Remember that when you are listening for new and loud sounds, faint ticking and other subtle noises are not unusual.

Quality And Quick Water Heater Installation

You can avoid potential harm to your home by replacing a water heater before it breaks. Water leaks and damage are common with aged, failing water heaters. The burden of making a swift decision is also reduced by replacing your water heater before it fails. You can be without hot water for several days if your heater fails. You can easily arrange for the installation to take place when it’s most convenient for you if you decide to replace the water heater before it breaks.

For quick and dependable customer care and service, contact The Otter Guys today! We provide several different types of water heater services, such as installation, repair, and maintenance. Don’t let your aged and outdated water heater give you the cold shower shoulder. Call us now.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water Heater Installation

Below, we have answered a few commonly asked questions that we receive about water heaters and their installation. 

What Is the Lifespan Of A Water Heater?

Experts say a tank-style water heater should last 10 to 15 years. A water heater should typically continue functioning properly for over ten years. Since there is no hot water storage with an on-demand water heater, it can last for 20 years or more. The exact life of your water heater will also depend on variables such as its type, quality, water quality in your area, and how well it has been maintained over the years. If your water heater needs repair and is more than 10 years old, we (and the EPA) generally recommend replacing it.

How Can I Help My Water Heater To Last Longer?

Extending your water heater’s lifespan with preventative maintenance guarantees that hot water is always available to you and your family. Preventative maintenance also saves you from unnecessary repairs that cost you time and money. Some simple but effective tips for extending your water heater’s life include:

  • Regularly flushing the tank
  • Testing the water pressure
  • Investing in better water quality
  • Keeping a watchful eye on the pressure relief valve

Can I Install A Water Heater Myself?

When attempting to save money, many homeowners believe that the best route is to do things themselves. This may be true for some projects but not for water heater replacement. Without the proper tools, knowledge, or experience, you could put yourself and your home at risk. In the long run, you may also spend more money repairing the damage from an improper water heater install. When installing a water heater, it is best to leave it up to the professionals who can get it done right the first time without additional costs or risk.

What Is Included In A Water Heater Installation?

The installation of a water heater typically consists of the following:

  • Getting your new water heater delivered and having your old one removed
  • Disconnect and remove the current one
  • secure the new water heater in the same space that housed the old one
  • Connect it to the electrical, gas, and water supply lines already in place and up to code
  • Test your new water heater for leaks and cycles.
  • Final examination and walkthrough with care instructions and a test to guarantee functionality
  • Removal of all installation-related waste

Contact Us Today For All Of Your Water Heater Needs

Most of the time, it is OK to ignore your water heater and allow it to operate uninterrupted. You might occasionally wonder how long you can expect your water heater to last. The answer to that is frequently influenced by how well you have maintained your unit over the years. For best use and results, schedule an appointment annually and let one of our professional technicians do it for you. Contact The Otter Guys right now to learn more about our water heater installation services or to make an appointment with one of our professionals.

Call now to schedule an estimate or book immediate service for water heater installation in the Charlottesville area.


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