Expert water heating services for your home or business

    Water Heater Repair Company Serving Madison, Chatham, Summit, Northern & Central, NJThere are quite a few options when it comes to upgrading or installing a new water heater. As explained in the sidebar, water heaters are described in several different ways. The type or “style” of water heater is an important choice, but you’ll also need to consider size and heat source. It helps to discuss your water heating needs with an experienced contractor who is familiar with all water heating options.

    If you are looking to repair or replace your water heater, the experts at Pipe Works Services can help. With many years of experience in the plumbing industry, we have seen what can happen when an old water heater springs a leak – the damage caused can be devastating and expensive.

    If you constantly run out of hot water or your hot water heating system is leaking, don’t wait until it’s too late! Contact Pipe Works Services for an estimate for water heater repair, replacement, and installation in Summit, Madison, Chatham, and Northern and Central NJ.

    Services depend on the type of hot water heating system

    Below are some basic details about the different types of water heaters available to homeowners. You can also visit the specific pages for each type to learn more about the services we offer.

    Tank-type water heaters store hot water so that it’s always available when needed. By far the most common type of water heater, tank-type water heaters can rely on electricity, natural gas, propane, or fuel oil as a heat source. A thermostat in the storage tank controls water heating to maintain a constant water temperature in the 120-degree to 140-degree range. Insulation surrounding the tank reduces standby heat loss. The typical tank size for households is 50-80 gallons.

    • Typical maintenance: Drain the sediment from the bottom of the tank and replace the sacrificial anode.
    • Expected service life: 10-15 years.
    • What can go wrong: Faulty pressure-relief valve, Corrosion, sediment buildup, leaks in tank or fittings.
    Heat pump water heaters qualify as tank-type water heaters and are powered by electricity. A small, air-source heat pump installed on top of the hot water storage tank pumps hot, pressurized refrigerant compound into a heat exchanger located in or around the hot water tank. A heat pump water heater is more expensive than a standard tank-type water heater, but it’s also about twice as energy efficient.

    • Typical maintenance: Drain the sediment from the bottom of the tank, replace the sacrificial anode, and clean the air filter on the heat pump.
    • Expected service life: 10-15 years.
    • What can go wrong: Faulty pressure-relief valve, corrosion, sediment buildup, leaks in tank or fittings, less efficient operation in a cold environment.
    Tankless water heaters are compact & efficient. This type of water heater is also known as a “demand” heater because the heating element only comes on when a demand is made for hot water. Most tankless water heaters use propane or natural gas as a heat source. They can cut water heating expenses significantly in households where hot water use is infrequent.

    • Typical maintenance: Service heat exchanger to remove scale, clean in-line water filter.
    • Expected service life: 20 + years.
    • What can go wrong: A single tankless heater may not have sufficient capacity to supply hot water to multiple locations at the same time.
    Indirect water heaters use heat from a boiler. When a house has some sort of hydronic (water-based) heating system, the boiler that heats water for whole-house heating can sometimes also supply hot water for washing.

    • Typical maintenance: Drain the sediment from the bottom of the tank.
    • Expected service life: 20 + years.
    • What can go wrong: Corrosion, sediment buildup, leaks in tank or fittings.
    Solar water heating can cut water heating costs by 80%. Also known as a solar thermal system, this type of water heating utilizes the sun’s heat as a free heat source, saving money and also cutting carbon emissions. A solar water heating system must also have some sort of supplemental water heating that takes over when sunlight isn’t available.

    • Typical maintenance: Make sure solar exposure isn’t blocked by trees or snow on solar panels and follow maintenance requirements for the backup water heater.
    • Expected service life: 25 + years.
    • What can go wrong: A backup tank-type water heater can have the typical problems described above; the circulation pump can require replacement.


    Rheem is the industry leader when it comes to total heating, cooling, and water heating solutions. We strive to promote continual growth in our industry and exceed our customers’ expectations with quality work and solutions.

    Rheem Tankless Water Heaters


    Tankless Water Heaters from Rheem are water heaters that provide a continuous supply of hot water from an energy-efficient and space-saving design. Imagine never running out of hot water again… Why would a tankless water heater from Rheem be right for you?

    • All the hot water you’ll ever need – It’s that simple!
    • Energy-Efficient Design – Low-cost operation
    • Compact Size – About the size of a medicine cabinet
    • Precise Temperature Control – Simple to set the water temperature
    • Self Diagnostic – Inbuilt system will display easy to read maintenance codes
    • EZ-Link Cable – Connect two or more units for high demand applications
    • Rheem Quality – Committed to providing you with the highest quality product

    Rheem Tankless Water Heaters have been featured in the Building Products Top 100 as one of the Top Green Products in the building industry today. The Top 100 list features new products and materials that are used by building professionals around the country.

    Don’t wait until you leak: Contact us today!

    Call (973) 657-5771 or get an online quote to schedule an appointment with Pipe Works Services.

    We provide estimates for water heater repair and installation, as well as complete plumbing services in Madison, Chatham, Summit, Short Hills, Union, Florham Park, Basking Ridge, Clifton, Somerset, Millburn, and surrounding areas.

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