Water Heaters

The Water Heater King Since 1885!

Do you find sparrows around a pool of water beneath your water heater?

As the oldest water heater problem-solver around we'd love to help get the hot water flowing again. Call for a short conversation to see IF PDM water heater repair service makes sense... or not.


The Old School Way - Delivering More Than Just Hot Water.

What does refreshing service mean to you? For us, it's keeping you comfortable and informd. That includes expelling what we found, service options and pricing, a solid insurance safely rating, quality products, best installation, and guarantees. Plus a clean work site when we leave. No excuses -- as we won't shift the blame to others.  Order old world plumbing service and see for yourself.

If we measure up to your high standards, rest assured you'll receive top-notch water heater repair & replacement service in greater Joliet, Plainfield, New Lenox, and Homer Glen, IL area.


Why Is My Water Heater Not Working?

Experiencing any of the signs below? Neat PDM plumbers will test your water heater top-to-bottom to learn what needs fixing, what needs maintaining & what can wait.

Which Water Heater Replacement Is Right For You?

At PDM we know every building is unique and so is the water usage and general needs. We work with you to find the right guaranteed residential and commercial hot water heater replacement solutions. Lower energy usage up to 27% with a new efficient model.


Trade In Your Water Heater For $50 OFF!

Replace your old water heater with $50 OFF water heater installation coupon.

Quality electric or gas water heaters.  State-of-the-art radiant burner, energy efficient, Hydrojet® self-cleaning tank, fast recovery, Defender Safety System,®  with a brass drain valve - not plastic. 6 to 10 years limited tank and parts warranty.


Financing - Flexible, Affordable Water Heater Payment Options.

We know that installing new equipment can be a big decision. That’s why we offer financing options to help you stay within your budget.

Quick, easy financing from GreenSky and GoodLeap.


Simple Solutions, Honest Answers.

Same-day water heater installation is available Monday-Friday if you request install before noon and live within 25 miles of Joliet. Any water heater type and any size including:

  • Smart tankless water heater - endless hot water - point of use or whole building heater.
  • Standard atmospheric with Hydrojet® to reduce costly sediment buildup.
  • Power vent by ENERGY STAR® - greatly lower the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Direct vent draws air for combustion from outside rather than inside.
  • Indirect - boiler heats water - efficient and fast recovery.
  • Electric gives you outstanding performance with single and double element models.
  • Heat pump water heater offers high efficiency.
  • Swimming pool heater service - PDM helps you swim faster too!


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Same-Day Water Heater Repair & Replacement Service.

Call for quick water heater repair or replacement in Greater Joliet, Channahon, Shorewood, Plainfield, Bolingbrook, Homer Glen, Lockport, New Lenox, Frankfort and Tinley Park areas - PDM has served your neighborhood for over 100 years!

  • Safety first. Your PDM plumber will protect you and your place.
  • Top-notch installation complies with local safety code and designed to look great.
  • Custom copper pipe soldering not cheap, ugly, flexible water pipe.
  • Change any parts needed within 3′ of your heater. No unexpected add-on charges.
  • Made in the USA, self cleaning water heater for longer life and hotter water.
  • Ask about a strong warranty for tank or tankless water heater models.
  • FREE removal of your old tank for a greener planet. We'll leave the area clean.

We also offer a complimentary service to clean your chimney base debris. We’ll help ensure sufficient draft upstream to remove potentially deadly gases.


Common Hot Water Questions.


What to do if my water heater leaks?

If your heater is in the basement and a drain nearby it is less worrisome. The first thing to do is turn off the water flowing into the tank. There is a dedicated shutoff valve on the pipes that you should be able to turn clockwise to shut off the water. If the valve is broken or you cannot find it, you can turn off the main water to your house. The water heater may continue to leak temporarily depending on where the leak is located.

PDM Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Since 1885 provides expert water heater repair and replacement services. We are happy to help with any leaks you may have and are available for emergencies. Contact us today to speak with one of our highly trained team members!

When is it time to replace a water heater?

If you have been having issues with your water heater, there are a few signs that could indicate it is time to replace your unit:

  • Age - If your water heater is ten years old or more, it is probably time for a new one. Standard tank storage water heaters are built to last about ten years. To find out how old your water heater is, you can check the serial number. The second and third characters represent the year the unit was manufactured.
  • Noises - If your water heater is making banging or loud sounds, most likely sediment has built up at the bottom of the tank and water is having a hard time flowing through the pipes. You can try to drain your tank of the sediment, but if it has hardened you will most likely need a new one.
  • Leaks - If your water heater tank is leaking, you will probably need a replacement. Make sure that if there is a leak, it is not one of the connections or fittings to the tank, which are easy repairs.
What is the average cost to repair a water heater?

On average, you can expect to pay around $200 - $400 to repair a standard tank hot water heater. Some common repairs to water heaters include:

  • Replacing thermostat.
  • Replacing heating element.
  • Repair thermocouple.
  • Repair connections or fittings that could be leaking.

For more information on water heater repairs, or to schedule a service, contact PDM today!

Why is the water in my home not hot enough?

This issue can be broken down into two common problems: not having enough hot water and having to wait a long time for the hot water to come back. Here are the answers to help with these two issues: 

  • Not enough hot water. Check the thermostat setting, it may be set too low. But be careful, a hotter setting can lead to scalding within seconds. Check the dip tube, if the dip tube has broken or fallen off, incoming cold water will be drawn out through the hot water outlet without being heated. Other possible causes are clogged burners and low gas pressure. If you have an older water heater, scale build-up can also be a problem.

Slow hot water recovery. Sediment buildup in the bottom of the water heater tank is a likely cause; flushing the water heater may help. Another cause could be insufficient combustion air caused by insufficient ventilation, a clogged flue (could be dangerous and allow carbon monoxide poisoning) or improper burner operation.

How much does it cost to repair a water heater?

The precise cost depends on the problems you're having, the time it takes to fix them, and other factors. Here are some of the most frequent problems with water heaters that consumers encounter and their approximate cost: 

  • A replacement dip tube costs approximately $10 on average, and having it properly fixed can cost up to $150.
  • A new pressure relief valve costs around $20, and repairs can cost up to $200.
  • It's suggested that you replace your anode rod every five years or so, which will cost you around $20 to $50.
Do you need a permit to replace a water heater in Illinois?

To replace an existing water heater, virtually all cities and counties require a building permit. Because standards have changed, a new water heater should be installed in accordance with current regulations for safety reasons. Many things can go wrong when a water heater is installed incorrectly. For instance, it is possible for a water heater to explode if it is placed without a T&P valve (temperature and pressure relief valve). Because people have died as a result of this, it is critical that a water heater be built and installed appropriately.

Time to Upgrade to a Tankless Water Heater?

  • Never run out of hot water - On demand tankless water heater.
  • Better value than a tank - Lasts up to twice as long, have twice the warranty, and save energy as you only heat water when it is needed.
  • Save Valuable Space - Small and mighty, the suitcase-sized wall units fit in tight, out of the way spaces, freeing up more usable living area in your home.
  • Financing starts at $70 per month.
  • Learn more


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Will You Invite Over Just Any Plumber?

Not all plumbers are the same. No matter how big or small the hot water job is, the experts at PDM would be more than happy to help in any way we can!

PDM Plumbers are specialists, not a jack of all trades. Your professional plumber is certified, licensed, fully insured, background checked and has random drug testing for your protection. We wear shoe covers and gloves and clean up.

PDM has been heating cold water for 138 years. Schedule an appointment today by calling 815-726-6264 .

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