Water Heater Repair – Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk

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Living without a good water heater would be rough

You depend on your water heater every day, yet it barely crosses your mind – until there’s no hot water!

If your water heater is more than five years old, we recommend a yearly check-up to detect any early-warning signs and avoid a costly water heater repair.  Better to have a well-running water heater than to have a massive leak in the middle of the night or when you’re out for the day.

Since 1987 our outstanding plumbers having been maintaining, repairing and installing water heaters for home owners and businesses in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Tabb, Grafton, Smithfield, and James City County.

There are many types of water heaters to choose from.  Our plumbers will help you select the right one for your budget, home size, and hot water usage.

Water Heater Options
The first thing to consider when looking for a new water heater is what type of fuel source you want to use. Most water heaters are designed to work with electricity, gas or oil.  You’ll need to know about the availability of these in your area as well as the cost in order to make a smart decision.

You’ll also need to decide whether you want a traditional “tank” water heater or a “tankless” water heater. Tankless water heaters are a somewhat new into the market, but they work quite well for most homeowners. Unlike traditional water heaters that keep a tankful of hot water ready for whenever you need it, tankless water heaters only heat the water when you turn on the faucet.

Tankless water heaters run the water across a series of heating elements and then directly to your faucet. This means you can have hot water whenever you need it without paying to heat a full tank 24 hours a day.  These types of water heaters are gaining in popularity among our customers in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Tabb, Grafton, Smithfield, and James City County.

Water Heater Efficiency & Sizing
Once you’ve settled on the type of water heater you want, you must also determine how big it needs to be to accommodate your household needs. To do this, you’ll want to figure out approximately how much hot water you’re likely to use at peak time in your home and then get a water heater with a tank just slightly larger than that. One of our plumbers can calculate this amount for you in a way that will make clear what systems are viable options for your home.

You don’t want to buy the largest water heater because you’ll end up heating a lot of water you’ll never use.  On the other hand, you don’t want to purchase a water heater that’s too small for your household needs or else you’ll constantly running out of hot water (it happens if your water heater expert is not as good as advertised).  Our plumber can help you determine the right water heater.

Also, when picking out a water heater, pay attention to the energy efficiency rating of the models you’re considering.  Large water heaters can run up large bills over time. Pick a model with a good energy efficiency rating, even if you pay a little more for it, and you’ll save a significant amount of money over the life of the unit.


If you’re looking for plumbers to perform a water heater repair or water heater replacement, we’ve been doing it successfully throughout Hampton Roads since 1987 and we’ve earned an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau.  To get a free phone estimate, please call us at (757) 467-0000 or click here to email us

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More about our water heater repair and water heater replacement company

Since 1987, A-1 Sewer & Drain Plumbing & Heating has consistently served the commercial and home plumbing needs of satisfied customers in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Tabb, Grafton, Smithfield, and James City County.  With nearly 30 years of work to our credit, our local plumbing company is extremely proud of its A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau.  Our Class A Contractor plumbing company has more than 260 years of solving every plumbing emergency from a clogged kitchen sink to a water heater replacement, which means we’ve seen it all – the good, the bad and the ugly – and we will solve your plumbing problem with integrity and professionalism.