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Water Heater Repair & Replacement

By The Book Plumbing: Your Premier Choice for Fast, Reliable, and Efficient Hot Water Heater Repairs!"

Struggling with a temperamental water heater that’s disrupting your daily routine? At By The Book Plumbing we specialize in water heater repair! When you choose our services, you’re not just getting a fix; you’re investing in a seamless, efficient, and dependable solution that places your comfort and satisfaction at the forefront. We understand that every hot shower missed is a convenience lost, and we’re committed to ensuring that doesn’t happen. Choose us, your trusted partner in hot water heater repair, and bring back the warmth to your home with confidence and ease.

Signs Your Water Heater Needs Repair

Temperature Inconsistencies

If your hot water fluctuates between hot and cold without reason, it could be a sign of a faulty thermostat or heating element.

Water Color or Smell

Unusual color or smell in your hot water may indicate a problem with your water heater’s tank or pipes.

Unusual Noises

Are you hearing strange noises from your water heater? It could be a sign of sediment buildup or an issue with the heating elements.

Leaking Water Heater

Water pooling around your water heater is a clear sign that you need repair services.

Basic Troubleshooting Steps

Check the Thermostat

The thermostat controls the water temperature. Check to ensure it’s set at the correct temperature.

Inspect the Heating Elements

If you’re experiencing temperature inconsistencies, the heating elements might be to blame.

Flush the Tank

Flushing the tank regularly can help remove sediment buildup, improving the efficiency and longevity of your water heater.

Our AVERAGE Water Heater Replacement Price:

$ 2400

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Frequently Asked Questions

A water heater’s lifespan can range from 8-12 years for storage tank models to 20 years or more for tankless units. Proper maintenance can extend its life.

The recommended temperature setting for most water heaters is 120°F (49°C) to balance energy efficiency and safety concerns, such as scalding.

While some homeowners may feel confident installing a water heater, it’s generally best to hire a professional to ensure proper installation and adherence to local codes.

Signs that it may be time to replace your water heater include age, frequent repairs, leaks, a decrease in hot water supply, or an increase in energy bills.

Tankless water heaters can provide long-term savings on energy bills and have a longer lifespan than storage tank models. However, they have a higher upfront cost. It’s important to weigh the potential savings against the initial investment to determine if a tankless water heater is right for you.

Bradford White water heaters are not available in the typical big box home stores. They can only be purchased through a plumbing professional. Why? Because Bradford White is committed to professional specification and installation to ensure your water heater is the right one for your needs and is properly and safely installed per our requirements and to local codes. The result is years of safe and trouble-free performance. Bradford White Water Heaters are also proudly made in America, compared to most other tank water heaters being manufactured in Mexico. Also, Bradford White Water Heater Tanks come with Hydrojet® Total Performance System reduces sediment buildup in the tank to maintain performance and prolong water heater life. Vitraglas® Tank Lining with Microban® – our unique formula protects the tank from harmful corrosion and uses antimicrobial technology to help extend the life of the water heater.

Bradford White’s water heater manufacturing facility is located in the heart of America, in Middleville, Michigan. We proudly support the American workforce and manufacturing that make our products Built to be the Best®. It’s a big part of why Bradford White is American Strong.

Vitraglas® is an exclusive enamel tank lining that provides unsurpassed protection from the corrosive effects of water. Microban® antimicrobial technology provides additional product protection by helping to prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew on the surface of the tank lining. The enamel tank lining and protective features are effective for the lifetime of our reliable water heaters. Vitraglas® tank lining with Microban® is uniquely formulated and applied to the water heater tank, head, base, and flue tube, and is then bonded to the steel surface by firing at a temperature of over 1600°F. An automatic spray application system maintains consistent thickness to produce a superior, durable, corrosion-resistant, and long-lasting tank lining. The unique compound structure allows the lining to expand and contract with the steel tank. Bradford White created Vitraglas® and effectively set the standard for glass-lining protection. Since then, we’ve added key features like Microban® antimicrobial technology and improved the application of this exclusive formula to create the perfect tank lining. Today it’s included as standard equipment on nearly all Bradford White tank water heaters.

Although the Bradford White Water Heaters come with their Hydrojet Total Performance System to limit the effects of sediment from building up on the bottom of the water heater, it is still a good idea to periodically flush the water heater. Flushing the water heater will remove and reduce a large amount of sediment before it has a chance to layer on the bottom of the water heater and become more difficult to remove as the years go by. The Bradford White Hydrojet® Total Performance System is a cold-water delivery tube that reduces sediment buildup and thoroughly mixes incoming water with stored water to reduce thermal stratification. The secret is a series of flow-altering “jet ports” that create counter-rotation and dynamic turbulence that effectively blasts suspension and prevents its accumulation. The upper “jet ports” direct the flow outward to begin the dynamic mixing action. The lower “jet ports” direct the flow inward to increase pressure and turbulence. Sediment buildup is the main killer of water heater life. But Bradford White’s Hydrojet® system reduces sediment to lengthen the life of the water heater, improve first hour rating, provide more hot water for the money, improve overall operating efficiency, and deliver more hot water faster than other water heaters. The Hydrojet® Total Performance System is an innovation that separates Bradford White from the competition. Hydrojet® is unequaled in its effectiveness. And, it’s standard equipment on all Bradford White top connect residential water heaters.

Both A.O. Smith and Rheem have made helpful bulletins outlining what steps should be taken if your home has a water softener unit providing softened water to your water heater. ( (

Common maintenance items for a tank water heater include flushing sediment, testing and replacing the pressure relief valve, and inspecting and replacing the anode rod.
How long do tank type water heaters last? Tank type water heaters usually have a life expectancy between 10-15 years. (

It is possible to install a recirculating pump at the top of the water heater to allow hot water to travel through the plumbing pipes at certain intervals to minimize the waiting time to receive hot water.


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$1,749 Average Water Heater Replacement Price

a) Price includes 5% discount when paid with cash or check
b) Does not include repairing any potential code/safety hazards or permits required by some local city municipalities (if applicable)
c) Flat Rate Price includes new copper Press-Style water connections or flexible copper supply lines, pan, flexible gas supply line and sediment trap, haul away of old water heater, and taxes.
d) Warranty: 2 year warranty on labor against manufacturer defects, 6 year warranty on manufacturer parts and tank
e) Water Heater Location must be within reasonable access in attic; difficult access conditions that can potentially affect price include examples such as being placed directly behind air conditioner unit or locations without accessible walkway to water heater.
f) Due to their large size and incompatibility with being able to fit through many traditional attic doors, 50 gallon SHORT water heaters may be a different price.