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Water Heater Services in Alameda & Oakland

Stuck Without Hot Water? We Can Help

A broken water heater can make life uncomfortable, to say the least. Without hot water, showering can become an absolute chore, dishes and laundry can go undone, and bathing children comfortably becomes nearly impossible. In a busy home, families can’t afford the inconvenience of a broken water heater.

That’s why we at Big Blue Plumbing answer calls day or night to take care of broken water heaters and other plumbing emergencies. We’ll work to assess and repair the problem as efficiently and effectively as possible, getting your hot water heater up and running in no time. Our professional, licensed heating experts are more than ready to put your water heater woes to rest.

Big Blue Plumbing offers:

Contact our Oakland water heater repair plumbers today at (510) 939-7870 to schedule a service.

Water Heater Repair

We at Big Blue Plumbing will repair or replace all models of electric, gas, solar, or tankless water heaters as efficiently and as effectively as possible. Sometimes the repair is simple, such as a heating element failing before the rest of the water heater goes. Other times the repairs are more complicated or costly.

You may be in need of water heater repair if you notice issues such as:

  • Water that is discolored or has an odd smell -
    Having discolored water is a sure sign that something is wrong with your water heater. The water that comes out of your plumbing fixtures should be clear, if looks gray'ish or hazy, contact our Alameda water heater repair team for the help you need. Your water heater could have a sedimentation build up inside of the tank. These minerals usually are what cause the water to be discolored.
  • Pooling or water damage around the unit -
    Usually if you notice water damage or water pooling around your hot water tank, this is due to a leak in the hot water tank. It could be corrosion that has started on the inside of the hot water tank and eaten it's way to the outer parts of the water heater. Give us a call today if you notice your water heater is leaking.
  • Hot water running out too quickly, or not getting hot enough -
    If you are running out of hot water fast, this is most likely due to one of your two heating elements that are found within the hot water heater. If one of them has failed, your hot water heater will not be able to produce enough hot water to stock your household.
  • Persistent, unusual noises -
    All hot water heaters make some noise as they are heating the water. But, if you are hearing loud rumbling or pops coming from your hot water heater, this is a good reason to raise some concern. In most cases, these loud noises are caused by a mineral deposit build up inside of the tank on the heating elements. Call us today and we'll send our Alameda water heater repair technicians to come out and inspect your water heater.

Whatever the issue, our Alameda and Oakland water heater repair team will work to diagnose the problem quickly and correctly, presenting you with an estimate upfront before completing the repair. Unlike some water heater repair services, we won’t blindly go ahead with a costly repair if your water heater isn’t worth the investment. If your water heater is old or has other significant issues, continuing to sink money into repairs can wind up being more expensive than simply replacing the entire unit. Our experienced technicians will talk with you about your options and only complete a repair after consulting with you about the possibilities and expenses.

Setting You Up for Success with Quality Installation

In addition to providing prompt, effective water heater repair services, our experienced plumbing technicians at Big Blue Plumbing in Alameda, CA, provide full water heater installation. Sometimes a repair simply won’t take care of the problem you’re experiencing, while other times the expense of the repair isn’t worth shelling out on an old water heater. Whatever the reason, there are times when buying a new water heater becomes the necessary choice.

If you’re in that position, call on our experienced plumbers at Big Blue Plumbing to take care of the water heater installation. We’ll take care of replacing your old water heater while consulting you with the range of new water heater options available. Whether you want to go with an electric water heater, a solar water heater, a tankless water heater, or a traditional unit, we have you covered. And we stand firmly behind our installations with a guarantee to not only fix your water heater for free if it fails but to also give you $100 in vouchers toward future service.

Experts In High-Efficiency Hot Water Heaters

At Big Blue Plumbing, we are experts in high efficiency hot water heaters. The past decade has brought a host of new, more varied options for improving your water heater’s energy efficiency and cutting down on your utility bills. Whereas hot water heaters used to come in either tank or tankless options, there are now far more options for improving water heating energy consumption.

Our skilled technicians at Big Blue Plumbing are true masters in energy efficient water heating technology and are happy to answer any of your questions about the options available. Ask us about high-efficiency storage tanks or hybrid water heaters. We even have hot water space heating options that qualify for PACE financing. Whatever your aim, we will always take the time to learn about you and your home’s requirements, recommending the best solution for your home and your budget.

High Efficiency Water Heater

Commercial Water Heater Repairs & Installations

When the hot water fails in an apartment building, the property manager is getting inundated with calls and a technician with experience in high-capacity hot water is needed. We have been working with many apartment buildings in and around Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda. We like to service and maintain systems but are also well versed in replacing and upgrading systems from high-efficiency water heaters to combination hydronic heating and hot water boilers to solar hot water.

High-Efficiency Water Heater Installations

The ultimate hot water solution is the high-efficiency storage tank water heater as it has all the advantages of a tankless water heater without the drawbacks. The technology has been with us in the commercial water heating capacity but in recent years many manufacturers are making residential models. The advantages over tankless water heaters are the elimination of the long lag time in getting hot water to a fixture and the “cold water sandwich”, they still provide endless hot water and some have efficiency ratings at 97% compared with 88% for tankless and 60% for older tank styles.

If you have a large bathtub or more that two bathrooms, this style water heater may make the most sense for you. There are some installation considerations, particularly around sizing the gas line and installing the flue vent, but with the ability for a 50-gallon tank to create more hot water than a standard 80-gallon tank, these things are pretty special. High-efficiency storage is a great option for space heating hydronic options too. Make you check out our reviews as well!

Permit Information

According to the Contractors State License Board, “It shall be considered un-lawful to install any water heating appliance without an inspection by the local authorities”. Big Blue Plumbing can purchase and manage the permit process.

To schedule plumbing service, call our Oakland plumbers day or night at (510) 939-7870 or fill out the contact form.

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