Water Heaters

Common Water Heater Questions and Problems

How long does a typical water heater last?

The lifespan of a water heater can vary, but on average, a traditional tank-style water heater lasts around 10-15 years. Regular maintenance and proper care can contribute to extending its longevity.

What size water heater do I need for my home?

The size of the water heater depends on factors such as the number of people in your household and your daily hot water usage. A general guideline is that a family of four may require a 40-50-gallon tank, but individual needs may vary. Consulting with Rob Bertolino Plumbing & Heating can help determine the optimal size for your specific requirements.

How can I improve the energy efficiency of my water heater?

To enhance energy efficiency, consider setting the water heater thermostat to 120°F, insulating the hot water pipes, and draining a small amount of water from the tank annually to remove sediment. Additionally, investing in a newer, more energy-efficient model or exploring alternative options like tankless water heaters can significantly improve overall efficiency. Regular maintenance also contributes to optimal performance.

Water Heaters

We understand the importance of reliable hot water for your daily needs. Our water heater services are designed to provide you with efficient, cost-effective, and eco-friendly solutions. Whether you’re considering the switch to tankless technology, need a repair on your existing system, or are exploring energy-efficient options like solar and hybrid heaters, we’ve got you covered.

Explore our range of services and discover the benefits of tankless water heaters, electric and gas options, hybrids, and solar-powered solutions. With a commitment to transparency, quality, and the expertise of our Master Plumbers, we ensure your hot water needs are met with precision and care.

Fixing Vs. Replacing Your Water Heater

When it comes to the longevity and efficiency of your water heater, deciding between repairs and replacements is a significant consideration. Our team of experienced Master Plumbers is equipped to assess and address issues with all major brands of electric, gas, and tankless water heaters. We operate on a transparent pricing model, charging by the job rather than the hour, so you’ll know the cost upfront.

With a 1-year warranty on all repairs, we stand behind the quality of our work. Sometimes, a repair is all that’s needed to restore your water heater to optimal function. However, when facing recurring problems or if your system is outdated, a replacement might be a more cost-effective and energy-efficient solution.

We’ll guide you through the decision-making process, considering factors like the age of your current unit, the extent of the damage, and the potential long-term savings offered by modern, energy-efficient models.

Types of Water Heaters

Electric Water Heaters & Gas Water Heaters

Electric and gas water heaters are the most common way to heat your home’s water. The most significant difference between these two types is that replacing a gas water heater requires the city plumbing inspector to verify the unit is installed correctly and is up to code.

Electric Tankless Water Heaters & Gas Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters offer endless hot water, efficiently delivering a large amount of BTUs with minimal heat loss. Ideal for space-saving, these units can be placed outdoors, making them suitable for larger families or homes with whirlpool bathtubs.

Features of Tankless Water Heaters

-Save up to 35% On Your Water Bill

-Space-Saving Design

-Longer Operational Life

Hybrid Water Heaters

Hybrid water heaters combine the high capacity and energy efficiency of tankless units with the ease of installation and lower upfront costs. High-performance hybrids blend the best features of tankless heaters with the advantages of traditional water heater tanks.

Solar Water Heaters

Solar hot water heaters present an environmentally friendly solution for heating domestic water. By harnessing solar energy to preheat water, these systems reduce your carbon footprint and save energy. Sunlight is captured by solar panels installed on your home preheating water in a specialized tank. This system collaborates with a standard hot water tank, minimizing the need for gas, propane, or electricity to heat the water.

What Can You Expect from Rob Bertolino Plumbing & Heating?

When you choose Rob Bertolino Plumbing & Heating as your Hampton Roads plumbing technicians, the benefits are immediate. We offer:

    • Experienced Technicians: Count on our skilled and knowledgeable technicians to handle every job with expertise and professionalism.
    • All Brands: We specialize in the installation, repair, and replacement of all major brands, providing comprehensive solutions that meet the unique requirements of your plumbing system.
    • Quick and Efficient Response: Expect a response to every call, because we understand that plumbing problems can’t wait.
    • Cost Savings: Our transparent pricing model charges by the job, not by the hour, ensuring you know the exact cost before we commence our work. No surprises, just straightforward and fair pricing.
    • 1 Year Warranty: Rest assured with our 1-year warranty on repairs. If any issue arises within the first year, we’ll address it promptly and at no additional cost, demonstrating our commitment to lasting quality and customer satisfaction. 

Contact Us Today

Request a free estimate or schedule your service now, and let our experts take care of your water heater needs.

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