Water Heater Repair & Maintenance

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    We specialize in water heater repairs and ongoing maintenance to ensure your unit operates at high efficiency and provides uninterrupted hot water for your Seattle home or business throughout the year.

    Water Heater Repair

    Even brand-new units can encounter issues such as improper heating or performance. Some common problems include foul odor, rust-colored water, insufficient hot water, and strange noises from your unit.


    A professional water heater repair service will be able to identify the root cause of the issue and get your taps running correctly in no time. A routine repair may involve checking for gas or other leaks, inspecting the heating element, checking the thermostat, cleaning the tank, or replacing whole components.

    Water Heaters Types

    There are different kinds of heating units available in the market. Each has its specifications, advantages, and disadvantages. However, each has one primary purpose: to heat water.


    The different types include storage tank water heaters, tankless water heaters, solar water heaters, and heat pump water heaters.


    A tankless water heater will provide you with hot water on demand, and this type will save you the most energy as it doesn’t store hot water. Storage tanks can be convenient since they always keep a large amount of water heated and available.


    Heat pump water heaters are also very energy efficient since they use the heat from the ground and the air to heat water, and solar water heaters are naturally the most eco-friendly option.

    Tankless Water Heaters

    Tankless water heaters require less energy but are also more expensive to purchase and install. Consumer reports found that gas tankless water heaters are 22% more energy efficient than their more common gas storage tank models. This equates to a savings of around $70-$80 per year, using 2008 national energy costs. However, they cost much more than storage-type water heaters, so it can take over 20 years to recover the initial cost.


    In addition, they are designed to heat water more quickly, which results in water savings. You generally do not have to wait for the cold water to run through the pipes, as with a storage water heater. Further, water is heated as it passes through the tankless models, so you will never run out of hot water from a single source.

    Water Heater Warning Signs

    Pay close attention to your water heater’s performance to determine when your unit needs repair or replacement services. Watch out for the following warning signs:


    • Age. A water heater can last 8-12 years. After this, you need to hire a water heater replacement service to install a unit.
    • Rusty or Discolored Water. A rusting tank can cause this kind of water to run in your tap.
    • Leaks. Any leaks in your unit can indicate it needs a replacement
    • Insufficient Hot Water.  A reduced volume of hot water over time can indicate a reduction in the efficiency of your unit.
    • Noise. Unusual noises from your water heater, such as cracking, popping, or rumbling sounds, can indicate sediment buildup and a potential problem.
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    Fischer Plumbing & Drain Cleaning offers various residential repair and maintenance services. Our expert team of professionals can diagnose and support with plumbing, boiler servicing, drain cleaning, home restoration, heating repairs, air conditioning, electrical work, and more. Whether you’re looking to install a new tap in your bathroom or require expert support with remodeling your entire kitchen, there is no project too big or too small for the Fischer masters. We promise quality workmanship, effective solutions, and professional service quality for every client, every job, and every home. Call us today at 206-279-3322.


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    The labor cost of installing a water heater depends on whether the unit is tankless or has a storage tank and how long it takes.

    Water leaks are the most common problem with water heaters. In the long run, the water can corrode the tank and cause leaks.

    Strange noises, insufficient hot water, foul odors, and old age may be sure signs that your water heater needs to be replaced immediately.

    Electric heat pump water heaters are more efficient than other types since they use air and ground heat to keep your hot water running.