Water Heater Maintenance, Repair, Installation, and Replacement

Are you experiencing cold water at the end of your showers?  Is water dripping off of or pooling under your water heater?  Does it seem like your water heater is constantly running or in the ‘on’ setting?  Was Blockbuster still around the last time your water heater was replaced?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, trust the friendly professionals at Hoffman Plumbing to help you with your water heater.  


With more than 50 years of serving Northern Nevada, you can trust that Hoffman Plumbing will diagnosis any challenges you are having with your water heater and offer honest, practical solutions to remedy your unique situation.

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Water Heater Maintenance

Much like changing your oil and rotating your tires on your vehicle, water heaters also require annual maintenance.  While most people do not think about it, annual preventative maintenance is vital to allow your water heater to operate at a maximum efficiency.  Operating at the maximum efficiency level will not only add years of service to your water heater’s life but will also reduce your energy bill as the water heater will be working smarter, not harder.

Water Heater Repair

To say that it is frustrating when things break is an understatement.  Don’t allow the frustration and stress of a broken water heater ruin your day.  The calm and friendly professionals at Hoffman Plumbing are able to diagnose your water heater problems and present you with options and suggestions on repair opportunities.


Water Heater Installation and Replacement

When your water heater is beyond repair and needs to be put to pasture, allow Hoffman Plumbing to partner with you in selecting your new water heater.  As each home or office is unique, our professional staff is able to assess your living or office space, listen to your needs, and will work with you to offer practical suggestions for your new water heater.


At your convenience, Hoffman Plumbing will remove and dispose of your old water heater and install your new water heater that will meet or exceed installation code requirements.  Most of the time, the removal and installation is done in less than 3 hours, causing a minimal disruption to your family or business.

Water Heater Repair Services

Types of Water Heaters

Standard Water Heaters

When you think about water heaters, a standard water heater is what comes to mind:  a large cylinder full of hot water.  Hoffman Plumbing has experience with small 5 gallon water heaters for offices to 100 gallon commercial-grade water heaters.  Whether your energy source is electric, propane, or natural gas, Hoffman Plumbing offers a variety of water heaters that will fit your unique need.


Tankless Water Heaters

If you are looking for a water heater that is more efficient to run and less expensive to use, consider a tankless water heater.  These water heaters take up less space and only make hot water when you need it, instead of storing and heating gallons of water inside the tank like the standard water heaters.


See the below chart for a comparison between the standard and tankless water heaters in regard to the upfront purchase price, the annual operating cost, and the efficiency of the heaters. The direction of the arrows indicate whether the price or cost is generally higher or lower over the span of your water heater’s life.  

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There are many options when it comes to water heaters.  When you need a new water heater, the expert staff at Hoffman Plumbing will help you determine the best water heater option for your home or business.  Hoffman Plumbing will also work with you to schedule annual preventative maintenance to ensure your water heater is working appropriately and for many long years.

Frequently Asked Water Heater Questions

How Long do Water Heaters Last?

An average water heater lasts between eight to 12 years with routine maintenance. However, tankless water heaters (systems that heat water supply when required) may last for over 20 years. You may check the serial number of your heater units to identify their age and decide when it is time for a replacement. Additionally, other variables affect the lifespan of a heater unit, including the quality of installation, unit design (some manufacturers offer energy-efficient units built to last), and frequency of maintenance.

What Size Water Heater Do I Need?

The most effective way to calculate water heater size involves calculating peak hour demand (the time of day that sees the most hot water usage). Additionally, you should consider the number of people using the supply (i.e., family of four). Each measurement should center on first-hour ratings (the gallons of water supplied by a heater within an hour). Generally, most water heaters provide the following capacity: 40 gallons: one to four people
50 gallons: four to six people
75 gallons: six to eight people

How Do You Flush a Water Heater?

It is essential to keep water heaters well-flushed to maintain them in top working order. The systematic flushing process eliminates sediment build-ups that may otherwise clog water lines and compromise the performance of your units. A basic flushing process involves a six-step approach:

  1. Locate the tap of your heating system
  2. Connect a hose to the tap and ensure a tight fit
  3. Lay out the hose and align the other end of the hose to a suitable water catchment area (i.e., drain)
  4. Turn on the tap and use safety equipment (i.e., gloves) for added insulation from hot water flow
  5. Alternate three cycles of five-minute water flows and non-flows from tap to flush the system
  6. Turn off the valve for safe removal of the hose
For additional details and photos, visit https://www.hoffmanplumbing.com/diy-flushing-your-water-heater

What Are the Signs That Your Hot Water Heater Is Going Out?

Various common factors indicate that it is time to replace a water heater unit. These include: Signs of rust - These may appear on the exterior of heater units or corrosion from within the installation. In the latter, you can identify the problem through metallic-tasting or discolored water running from the source. Heater age - Standard heater units last eight to 12 years, while tankless installations may operate slightly over 20 years. Keeping units around longer than their service lifespan could result in poor temperature regulation or injuries (i.e., explosions due to pressure buildups) in worse cases. Leaks - You should replace leaking heater units quickly as these lead to water wastage and high energy consumption fees. Most leaks originate from the base of the heating appliance, especially for older units. Unusual noises - Cracking and clanking sounds indicate the build-up of sentiment within the heating unit. When left unattended, these sediments will gradually erode the interior lining of your heater, rendering it non-functional.