Water Heater Installation & Repair in Columbia, SC

If you have a water heater problem or need to replace your old water heater, call the plumbing experts at Meetze Plumbing. We’ve served scores of satisfied customers in Columbia, Irmo, and the surrounding areas for over 40 years.

To schedule top-tier water heater service with a reliable plumbing company, contact us online or call (803) 732-3747!

Same-Day Water Heater Repairs

When you’re forced to either jump in a freezing cold shower or stay unwashed, you don’t want to wait days for water heater repair. Meetze Plumbing provides same-day water heater repair to get your hot water back fast.

Our plumbing specialists repair all water heater brands and types, including:

Contact us online or call (803) 732-3747 to schedule expert, same-day water heater repair!

Water Heater Installation & Replacement

When you need a new water heater, you want it installed fast — but you also want it done right. The fully licensed and insured technicians of Meetze Plumbing install your water heater fast without making mistakes or cutting corners. Our team will also respect your home by using mats and cleaning up before leaving, including carting away your old system after a water heater replacement.

If your water heater is getting older, or you’d like to upgrade to a bigger, better model, we can help you find your best replacement options. We can also switch you to a new type, like a gas water heater to electric, or a tankless water heater from a standard tank.

Additionally, we offer water heater expansion tanks.

Professional Water Heater Maintenance

Keeping current with regular water heater maintenance:

  • Improves performance
  • Avoids breakdowns
  • Fixes minor issues before they become serious
  • Improves energy efficiency
  • Extends your water heater’s life span

The Meetze Plumbing team can service any brand or model. Contact us at (803) 732-3747 to schedule an appointment for water heater maintenance!

Tankless Water Heater Services

Traditional water heaters heat and store hot water continuously throughout the day, while tankless water heaters rapidly heat on demand. Tankless might cost a little more for the initial installation, but they save money thanks to energy efficiency and a longer service life. Tankless water heaters also last up to 20 years with minimal maintenance, while tank water heaters may need to be replaced in as little as eight years.

Meetze Plumbing offers tankless water heater repair and maintenance, tankless water heater replacement, and tankless installation. Enjoy the convenience of never running out of hot water, even if every family member needs to take a shower!

Contact us online, or call (803) 732-3747 for your tankless water heater service.

Electric vs. Gas Water Heaters

Choosing between gas and electric water heaters requires weighing the pros and cons of each:

  • Gas water heaters need more space and ventilation to the outside. Electric fits in smaller spaces
  • Electric water heaters don’t require ventilation ductwork.
  • Gas water heaters cost more but are less expensive to run due to cheap natural gas.
  • An electric water heater will never leak gas into your home.
  • Gas outages are much rarer than electric service interruptions.
  • Gas heats water twice as fast, so you get more hot water in less time while using less energy.
  • Electric water heaters are easier to maintain and repair and last longer than gas.
  • You’ll need an electrician if you don’t have the right wiring for an electric water heater.

If you’re confused about whether gas or electric is better for you — let us help you decide! Just call (803) 732-3747 or contact us online.

Why Choose Meetze Plumbing?

Meetze Plumbing is a third-generation, family-owned plumbing company that has called South Carolina home since 1981. Every job we do comes with the Meetze Plumbing Guarantee:

  • Upfront, by the job pricing
  • On-time, dependable service
  • Convenient scheduling seven days a week
  • Clean and tidy technicians
  • Upfront pricing
  • Written warranties
  • Satisfaction guaranteed

To guarantee your next water heater service, contact us online, or call (803) 732-3747 today!

Frequently Asked Questions

When it comes to water heaters, our experts have seen and heard it all, which is why we’re sharing some of the most common questions we receive from our customers concerning water heaters.

While a traditional water heater will continuously store and heat your home’s water throughout the day, a tankless water heater heats your water on demand. Tankless water heaters have become more popular due to their increased efficiency and convenience; you never have to worry about running out of hot water if you have multiple members of the household showering consecutively.

A current caveat to tankless water heaters is their larger upfront costs for installation, however this is consistently changing as the increased demand drives down the price. And it’s important to remember that while tank water heaters deteriorate over time, often suffering from internal mineral buildup and petering out after six to eight years, tankless water heaters can last up to 20 years with minimal maintenance — providing a great return on investment.

If your home employs the conventional tank water heater, odds are it’s emptying before it has time to refill and reheat the water you need. Some other possible reasons that your water heater is running out of water more quickly are sediment buildup, a damaged lower heating element, or a broken dip tube.

Sediment buildup: This is when small amounts of minerals such as calcium or magnesium naturally accumulate in your water heater, displacing the water in the tank. For example, if you have a 40-gallon water heater that has built up 15 gallons of sediment, your water heater is only capable of carrying over 25 gallons of hot water.

Damaged lower heating element: Most electric water heaters have heating elements near the top and bottom. The lower element does most of the heating through conventional currents, so when water is cold, it travels to the bottom, heats up, and then rises to the top. For this reason, the top heating element only turns on periodically, so if you notice your hot water isn’t consistent, it could be due to a lower heating element issue.

Bad dip tube: The dip tube makes sure that the cold water coming into your tank is pushed to the bottom to be heated. There are two common reasons your dip tube may not be functioning properly. It could need to be replaced due to wear and tear over time, or it could be damaged. Either way, it will need to be repaired or replaced in order to restore total hot water functionality.

If your water heater tank is leaking, there’s most likely an internal problem that’s causing water to leak and pool around your tank. Usually, the cause is a buildup of sediment within the tank. It’s important to drain the sediment from your tank regularly to prevent cracks and rust accumulation, which can lead to leaks.

Your water heater’s label should include directions on how to relight your pilot light. If this doesn’t work, or if it goes back out right away, you could have a bad control thermostat. Your plumber will be able to pinpoint the exact issue and provide comprehensive solutions whether you require repairs or replacements.

With proper maintenance, your water heater should last approximately 10 years. While some issues can be repaired, such as burning assembly, heating elements, valves, thermostats, igniters, and motors, if you are nearing the end of its overall service life, it’s a good idea to start considering your replacement options.