Water Heater Repair Novato

San Rafael

(415) 942-6565

Santa Rosa

(707) 452-3464

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Which Type Of Water Heater Is Best For My Novato, CA Home?

Water heating can account for as much as 20% of total energy consumption in households. An energy-efficient water heater is necessary for homes to maintain appropriate power costs in the face of rising utility prices.

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Water Heater Maintenance, Installation, Replacement, and Repair Services in Novato, CA

Low hot water? Are you searching for local water heater services to have your water heater repaired? Since 1986, John Owens Services has been a heating and plumbing company that has installed and repaired water heaters of all kinds in the Novato area. From a tankless water heater replacement to an electric water heater installation, we continuously stay up-to-date on the latest technological advancements for our customers. John Owens Services installs water heaters that are as efficient as possible and feature the newest technology. We install all kinds of systems available:

•Tank Water Heaters– Propane, natural gas and electric

•Tankless Water heaters– Propane, natural gas and electric

•Gas Water Heaters– All types

•Electric Water Heaters– All types

•Heat Pumps Water Heaters– Highest efficiency electric units

•Indirect Tank Water Heaters– Heated by a Hydronic Boiler

•On Demand Water Heaters– All types

•Solar Thermal– Glycol and water-based

Our locally licensed plumbers are factory-trained and can handle any plumbing and water heater service, repairs, or replacements in your Novato home for a tankless water heater, electric, solar thermal, or any of the above-mentioned water heating devices.

One of the top water heater specialists in Sonoma and Marin County will work on your system with our Ruud Pro Plumbers. We frequently work with the following brands: Bradford White, American Standard, AO Smith, State, Rinnai, Rheem, Ruud, and Navien. We provide services for Novato, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, and more!

Gas Tank Water Heater Natural Gas and Liquid Propane (8 -11 years lifespan)

Sturdy, with well-proven technology. In American households, this type of water heater is most common. They can only operate at 50% to 60% efficiency. This water heater continues to operate during earthquakes and power outages even though it wastes 40–50 cents for every dollar spent on it. Natural gas prices are expected to increase, and liquid propane costs are currently exceptionally high.

Electric Tank Water Heater (10-15 years lifespan)

Heating water using electric resistance components effectively transfers heat. Though they can help reduce your carbon footprint and last longer than a typical water heater, they are expensive to run, given the cost of electricity in the Bay Area.

High Efficiency Electric Heat Pump Water Heater (13-15 years lifespan)

This water heating method is the most advanced and effective one available. The efficiency of these devices can reach 400%. This indicates that one kW of electricity may be used for heating water by three to four kW. Electrification is the way of the future, and there are plenty of tax benefits and energy rebates.

Gas and Electric Tankless Water Heater (up to 20 years with annual maintenance)

A gas tankless water heater has an efficiency of up to 96%. Electric models of the tankless system are regretfully not very popular because they require high-amperage electric circuits, even though they save space. Most modern homes are not conveniently located near these circuits.

Indirect Tank Water Heater (long-lasting due to an indirect heat source)

This type of water heater is usually heated by a hydronic boiler. This water heater circulates hot water through an internal water coil, which heats the water in the storage tank. This type of water heating was most popular twenty years ago. They are less widespread since heat pumps and tankless water heaters are more generally accessible.

Solar Thermal Water Heater (long-lasting with higher repair costs)

Solar-generated hot water at no cost. One or more thermal solar panels, often installed on the roof of these systems, are heating an internal solar storage tank. The systems could be water-filled, glycol-filled, or drain-backed. The technology works well. These systems aren’t common right now because they need more annual upkeep and repairs than other water heating techniques.

Common Issues With a Water Heater

• Water that’s rusted or stained

• Water is leaking from the unit- This typically happens due to malfunctioning water tanks, damaged connections, or broken equipment.

• The water is not at the proper temperature- This could result from a broken water heater thermostat or an excessive mineral accumulation.

• Lack of hot water- This may result from improper maintenance.

• Sounds or noises emanating from your water heater- These are signs that the tank’s sediment buildup needs to be cleaned. Sediment can accumulate from being forced out of the water by the heating.

• Dislodged flue- If a dislodged flue is knocked or shaken out of place, there is a significant risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

• Low water pressure when you request hot water- This could indicate an issue with your water heater or the pipes that connect it to your plumbing fixture.

How Much Does Each Unit Cost To Operate Per Day?

Based on a family of four. Typical water heating prices per day range as follows:

Propane Tank Water Heater – $2.00-$2.70 per day

Natural Gas Tank Water Heater – $1.00-$1.70 per day

Electric Heat Pump Hot Water Heater– $0.50 – $0.95 per day

Electric Tank Water Heater $2.00- $2.70 per day

Does a water heater need regular service?

It’s crucial to have routine service done to ensure you are getting the most out of your water heater installation. Regular service is necessary to ensure the system operates as intended and won’t require frequent repairs. Examples of these tasks include inspecting for leaks and rust, testing the thermostat and valves, and inspecting the plumbing. It’s a good idea to have professional plumbing and heating work done by a qualified plumbing specialist at least once a year. They can ensure that your water heater works correctly and safely by using the proper plumbing safety procedures.

John Owens Services offers quality plumbing and heating tune-up services for any installed system. Contact our services to arrange for your tune-up right now! Recall that routine plumbing and heating services might avoid the need for repeated installation and repair.

When should I replace my water heater?

Replacing a water heating unit can sometimes be better than continuous repair. Up to 60% of water heaters are replaced proactively before they leak or malfunction, according to PG&E, our local utility company. More energy-efficient heating technologies have taken the place of many older ones. Because the government is offering thousands in incentives, the heat pump water heater is extremely popular.

If a tank water heater is eight to eleven years old, it could be time to replace it. The warranty on a tank usually ends after six years.

A tank may also “pop” if the sound of internal boiling caused by excessive mineral buildup is audible, making unusual noises like gurgling and popping.

If the performance of tankless water heating units keeps declining, they will eventually wear out (temperatures may vary significantly when having a shower).

Severe rust only in hot water. A glaring sign that your tank’s rust is deteriorating.

Water leaks from tanks or pipes are quite dangerous and may need costly repairs.

The John Owens Way

Our philosophy is simple, we always want to maintain equipment to give it the longest life possible. Next, we want to focus on repairing when something goes wrong. Then only as the last choice, we replace equipment when needed. That’s the John Owens Way.

San Rafael
(415) 942-6565
Santa Rosa
(707) 452-3464



Regular maintenance keeps your home’s systems running well all year long. We’ll help you gain efficiency and save money.



When something breaks down, our team will get to you fast. We’ll find the problem and fix it to get you back to normal.



When it’s time to replace something in your home, we’ll help you get a top quality product that matches your specific needs.
San Rafael
(415) 942-6565
Santa Rosa
(707) 452-3464