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Tank Water Heater Repair

Honest & Thorough Tank Water Heater Repair in Frisco, TX

When your home is without reliable hot water, your entire daily routine is disrupted. Whether your sinks are taking far too long to heat up, your showers are surprising you with fluctuating temperatures, or you can’t get hot water at all, you deserve fast, reliable solutions. And you deserve a plumbing company whose only loyalty is to your household’s long-term comfort.

At Earl’s Plumbing, we have a team of highly skilled plumbing professionals who understand everything that can go wrong with a water heater and how to fix it. Because we understand how important fast service is, we stock our trucks with every part we need to repair or replace your water heater on our first visit. Give us a call today for a free estimate or to schedule your repair!

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If you’re in Frisco, McKinney, Plano, or any of the surrounding communities, give us a call today.

Fully Stocked Trucks for Same-Day Water Heater Repairs

Earl’s Plumbing knows and understands everything that can go wrong with a water heater, including what can be repaired economically and when a replacement would be a better choice for your long-term budget and comfort. We value your time and money, so on every truck, we carry multiple versions of the various parts required to complete same-day tank water heater repairs, including:

  • Gas control valves
  • Temperature & pressure relief valves
  • Pilot assemblies & thermal couplings
  • Drain spouts
  • Electric water heater elements & tune-up kits
  • Gas and water flex lines
  • Water heater pans
  • Venting
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Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions

We understand homeowners have a lot of questions when it comes to water heater repair. We encourage those questions and have answered some of the most common ones below.

About 90% of gas water heater repairs are due to faulty gas valves. And of that, probably 98% of those calls are from the Honeywell gas control valve. Because we know what brands and models fail most often, we carry the 4 most common gas control valves on every truck to expedite your repair.

By far the most common gas valve issues we see happen to water heaters purchased at big box home improvement stores. The issue is that plumbers cannot get those gas control valves because they are not sold, stocked, or carried by any plumbing supply house. They can only be mailed under warranty or purchased outside of warranty through the manufacturer’s distributor.  In these cases, you can normally expect about a 3-day turnaround time.

Another reason that you might call us for a water heater repair is during the home sales process. Because of the relationships we’ve built with some of the larger realtors in the area, we see all kinds of inspection reports and buyers’ addendums related to water heater repairs. Home inspectors may see a problem they think needs fixing and alert a potential buyer of their opinion. They’re only right about 50% of the time, but we have solutions for all of those repairs on every truck.

It should be noted that Earl’s Plumbing will NOT perform work on or repair any water heater that is 12 years old or older. We do not want to take your money for what will likely be a short-lived or temporary solution. We do not do Band-Aid repairs!

What that means for the Frisco, McKinney, and Plano area is that if you have a PRV (Pressure Reducing Valve) installed then you are required by code to have an expansion tank installed.

Expansion tanks are required for traditional tank-type water heaters only. They are NOT required for tankless water heaters unless specified by the manufacturer.

How do you know if you have a PRV? Unless you have had water pressure issues or you’ve had one replaced, then you probably don’t know. But a good rule of thumb is if your home was built after 1999, it’s possible you have a PRV. If you live in Frisco, McKinney, Little Elm, or Prosper then you must have a PRV by city code. Less than 30% of homes in Plano have them, and less than 10% of homes in Allen.

Here are the most important things that you MUST know about expansion tanks:

  • It is a steel tank with water inside. Eventual failure is inevitable. Be proactive.
  • They will NOT last as long as the water heater, and they must be changed periodically. We recommend every 3 years, but 5 years at a maximum.
  • Property damage by leaking expansion tanks is probably more common than a leaking water heater. The amount of damage depends on the seriousness of the leak (drip, spray, or full rupture).
  • They must be installed horizontally, and when NOT installed properly, they will fail at a higher or more frequent rate. Improper installation can reduce hot water flow rates.

Once again, we recommend that you be proactive in replacing your tank water heaters and your expansion tank should this apply to you.

This pump will wear out over time, especially if it’s running without a timer and pushing water 24/7. Please note that there’s no water wasted in this type of system—actually quite the opposite, as you save thousands of gallons of water a year. Most of the better brand pumps (Grundfos and Taco) have a life expectancy of about 3 to 5 years, but we have seen them last far longer. In the end, the pump will go out or begin to be less effective and will need to be replaced.

When adding or replacing a recirculation pump, special consideration must be given to the size of the home. Houses over 5000 sqft. will likely need a slightly larger and stronger pump than the standard. Homes over 5500 sqft. will definitely need a larger pump and homes over 7000 sqft. have an even larger pump. Ultimately, a properly sized pump will prolong the life of the system and the water lines while working more effectively and efficiently.

See What Frisco is Saying About Our Water Heater Services

“It took considerable effort to remove the 50 gallon water heater tank from my attic, but the crew did it without any collateral damage. They spent the better part of the day with the installation of a new tankless water heater. They laid down protective mats from the second floor all the way to the outside door. Crew was friendly and informative. I highly recommend.”

Thomas B

“Earl’s Plumbing installed a tankless water heater recently and I couldn’t be more please with the customer service in general and the installation. The crew that came out was professional, knowledgeable, and willing to answer any questions. Highly recommended!”

Jason L.

“Earl’s Plumbing crew was super fast with our new tankless water heater installation, and very friendly and informative – answering all our questions and showing/explaining to us our new system. They were also very respectful of keeping our home tidy, wearing shoe coverings when walking through areas of our home to test the water, and laying down runners from the front door to the upstairs attic area where they were working. The pricing was very fair and we are extremely happy to be rid of our 2 old 50G tank water heaters. From quote to install, this process couldn’t have gone more smoothly, and we sincerely appreciate the services provided. We’ll definitely be recommending them to our family, neighbors, and friends!  Thank you Earl’s Plumbing for an excellent experience from start to finish!!!”

Lonnie n Carly S
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Call Earl’s to Restore Reliable Comfort to Your Home

If your water heater is malfunctioning, producing poor-quality heat, or not working at all, don’t hesitate to reach out to the professionals at Earl’s Plumbing. We’ll get your system up and running in no time! We’re happy to answer questions or provide estimates over the phone, and we don’t settle for anything less than the best when it comes to repairs. Call or contact us online today.

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