Hot Water Heater Repair & Replacement in Framingham and Throughout the Central Massachusetts Area

Signs that you may need to repair/replace your water heater

  • No hot water or constantly running out of hot water
  • Water is too hot or doesn't get hot enough
  • Hot water heater making whining, knocking or banging noises
  • Leaking hot water tank
  • Water heater is more than 10 years old

Reliable, efficient water heating for your home or business

There 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 Meacham Heating, Cooling & Energy Solutions 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 Meacham Heating, Cooling & Energy Solutions for a free estimate for water heater repair, replacement and installation in Framingham, Worcester, Natick, Waltham, Watertown, Marlborough and nearby. 

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. 

Storage water heater repair & replacement in Central MA

Gas-fired, tank-type water heater.

Tankless water heater installation & repair in Framingham

Tankless water heater.

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. Typical tank size for households is 50-80 gallons.

  • Typical maintenance: Drain sediment from bottom of tank, replace 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 sediment from bottom of tank, replace sacrificial anode, clean air filter on 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 sediment from bottom of 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, follow maintenance requirements for backup water heater.
  • Expected service life: 25 + years.
  • What can go wrong: Backup tank-type water heater can have typical problems described above, circulation pump can require replacement.

Don't wait until you have a leak: Contact us today!

Call 1-855-719-0890 or get an online quote to schedule an appointment with Meacham Heating, Cooling & Energy Solutions. We provide free estimates for water heater repair and installation, as well as complete plumbing services in Waltham, Marlborough, Watertown, Natick, Harvard, Acton, Westford, Carlisle, Waban, Weston, Wellesley, Needham, Belmont, Milford, Franklin, Shrewsbury and surrounding areas.

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