F.J. Murphy & Son

Water Heaters

Serving Springfield IL Since 1947

Professional Plumbing

Water Heater Plumbing in Springfield IL

Water heaters are the invaluable heroes of our homes, quietly providing us with warm water for our various daily tasks. F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc., based in Springfield, IL, understands the importance of these humble appliances. Every home needs a reliable water heater. They ensure you have hot water for showers, laundry, dishes, and more. Installing and maintaining your water heater is crucial, and that’s where our professionals come in with our years of experience and acquired skills. Our team brings expertise to the table, guaranteeing a smooth installation process and regular maintenance checks that are thorough and effective at identifying potential problems before they become unnecessary expenses. This ensures the longevity and efficiency of your water heater, saving you from unexpected cold showers and costly repairs. Don’t wait until your water heater gives out. Reach out to our experts for superior water heater plumbing service and enjoy uninterrupted access to hot water.

Get in touch with our team of experts now and trust F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc. to keep the warmth flowing in your home.

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If this is an emergency, please call 217.528.4081 for immediate assistance. We are available 24/7 through this number.

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Water Heater Installation

Water heater installation is a fundamental necessity for every home, ensuring a seamless flow of hot water for your daily needs. Your routine depends on access to this hot water. If you don’t believe us, imagine going a single day without it. That means no shower, cold water for washing your face, limitations for doing dishes or laundry—the list of inconveniences goes on and on. F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc. recognizes the significance of this essential appliance. A well-installed water heater offers numerous benefits, from hot showers to cleaner dishes and laundry. However, the key to reaping these benefits lies in having a professional handle the installation. Our experts at F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc. are well-versed in the intricacies of water heater installation. They ensure the job is done right the first time, sparing you the headaches of potential mishaps or mistakes. Don’t leave this important task to chance. Trust us to install your water heater correctly, so you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a reliable source of hot water in your home.

Contact our experienced professionals for superior service. Your comfort and convenience are our top priorities.

Water Heater Repair

Timely water heater repair is crucial for homeowners to ensure the continuous and proper functioning of this essential appliance. At F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc., we recognize the significance of addressing water heater issues promptly. When your water heater encounters problems, it’s not a situation where you should delay taking action. Waiting for issues to worsen can lead to unnecessary stress and more expensive repairs down the road. That’s why we emphasize the importance of acting swiftly. Having one of our professionals repair your water heater is the smartest choice possible. Our experts have the knowledge and experience to diagnose and resolve issues accurately, ensuring that the job is done right the first time. You can trust the reliable results we deliver and have peace of mind knowing that your hot water needs are in incredibly capable hands. Don’t let water heater troubles disrupt your daily life. Prioritize your convenience and put your trust in the professionals.

Reach out to our experts at F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc. for superior service and get ahead of the problem. Your comfort matters to us.

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Water Heater Maintenance

Your water heater is not just a luxury; it’s a necessity for every homeowner. Because of this, it is also necessary to make sure your unit is properly maintained so it continues to function efficiently and serve your home. F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc. is a trusted name in Springfield, IL, and we understand the critical role proper maintenance plays in ensuring your water heater functions optimally. Regular maintenance is the key to extending the life of your water heater and preventing unexpected breakdowns. Our professionals know the ins and outs of water heater maintenance, from flushing the tank to checking for potential issues. This keeps your system running smoothly and efficiently, providing hot water when you need it most. Waiting for problems to arise or worsen is a costly mistake that can lead to unnecessary stress and hefty repair bills. Instead, be proactive and reach out to our experts for superior service. Trust F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc. to maintain your water heater correctly so that you can enjoy reliable hot water and peace of mind in your home.

Contact our team today, and we’ll make your comfort and convenience our top priorities.

The Benefits of Installing
A New Water Heater

Installing a new water heater is a decision that can significantly impact your home’s comfort and utility costs. Modern water heaters offer a range of benefits that enhance efficiency, reliability, and convenience. At F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc., we understand the importance of a properly functioning water heater. Whether you’re looking to upgrade or replace your old unit, here are key benefits of installing a new water heater in your home:

Energy Efficiency

Newer water heaters are often more energy-efficient, leading to reduced energy bills and a smaller carbon footprint.

Consistent Hot Water

New water heaters provide a reliable supply of hot water, avoiding unexpected cold showers or temperature fluctuations.

Cost Savings

With improved efficiency, you can save money on energy bills and potential costly repairs associated with older units.

Enhanced Safety

Newer models include upgraded safety features that effectively minimize the likelihood of accidents and malfunctions.

Increased Home Value

Adding a new water heater to your home can increase its value and make your home more appealing to potential buyers.

Warranty Coverage

Most water heaters come with warranties to ensure that you are covered for any issues or faults that may arise.

Modern Features

You can enjoy modern features such as programmable settings, digital displays, and smart technology integration for convenience.

Better Performance

New water heaters tend to provide better overall performance, including faster heating and longer-lasting components.

When it’s time to replace your old water heater, trust F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc. for water heater services. Our experienced technicians are well-versed in the latest water heating technologies, ensuring a seamless installation process. We’re committed to providing you with reliable and energy-efficient solutions that meet your household’s hot water needs while offering long-term cost savings and environmental benefits. Your satisfaction is our priority.

Traditional vs. Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless and traditional water heaters each offer unique advantages for homeowners. Understanding the differences between these options can help you make an informed choice for your home. Traditional water heaters store and heat water in a tank, providing a steady supply of hot water. They are cost-effective and reliable. However, they may be less energy-efficient due to standby heat loss.

On the other hand, tankless water heaters heat water on demand, providing endless hot water and saving space. They are highly energy-efficient but may require a higher upfront investment. At F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc., we recognize that both options can be valuable assets to your home. Our experts can help you decide which water heater best suits your needs. We’ll guide you through the decision-making process, ensuring you make an educated choice. Once you’ve made your decision, trust us to install and maintain your new water heater, regardless of the type. Our superior service ensures your water heater functions optimally, giving you peace of mind all year long.

Contact our experts today to discuss the best water heating solution for your home. Our team will always prioritize your comfort and satisfaction.

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Your Questions Answered

Our Plumbing FAQ

The plumbing systems within our homes are intricate and play a vital role in our daily lives, responsible for providing clean water, managing wastewater and much more. However, plumbing issues can lead to frustration and disruptions in your daily routines. At F.J. Murphy & Son, Inc., our team has put together a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions to address the common questions and concerns homeowners may have about their plumbing systems. This resource aims to shed light on these unanswered questions as well as their solutions, helping you maintain an efficiently functioning plumbing system and allowing timely repairs. This is a proactive approach that minimizes potential damage and ultimately saves you money in the future.

Aren’t the faucets sold in hardware stores the same faucets that plumbers supply?

That depends. Many of the plumbing parts & other equipment sold at retail warehouse stores are not the same grade. Even the better-known name brands make lower end “builders-grade” or “consumer-grade” products, some with internal parts that most professional plumbers would never use. For example, there is a genuine value difference between a $89 faucet and one that costs $159 even if they look identical. The same is true of equipment, such as water heaters. Rest assured, you can reply on our professional staff to make the right choices for you. 

How can I determine the quality of plumbing products I buy in retail stores?

More than likely, you won’t be able to because you haven’t had a professional plumber’s experience from working on hundreds of systems a year, finding which products work best, last longest, and give you the least problems. Remember, cheap work is not good and good work is not cheap. When you hire a trained professional to do a job, part of what you are paying for is this expertise. This is true with other trades as well: electricians can’t provide a warranty for fans and fixtures you buy at a retail store; tile setters know from experience that they can waste a lot of valuable time struggling to set tile that an owner bought on sale from a discount store because such tiles are often “seconds” which cannot be set straight; a carpenter can’t properly hang an odd-ball door. Bottom line: It usually takes more time to try to make an inferior product fit or work properly than to use the right materials the first time.  

I have a sump pump in my basement. Is it really necessary to have a secondary pump installed?

Well, we think it’s very important to have a back-up pump of some type. If you have an electric primary pump (likely) you have 3 pump options for back-up redundancy: 1) an additional electric; 2) a battery-powered; or 3) a water-driven. After all, if you didn’t care about water in your basement, you probably wouldn’t care about having a primary sump pump in the first place! It’s sort of like wanting to get to your destination in a car with no spare tire…you’re “rolling the dice” without a back-up. Unfortunately electric pumps themselves have limited service-lives, often fail, and leave many basements flooded. Not pretty. A properly installed secondary electric is a good choice as long as your city power is on. Under certain conditions, a better choice might be a battery-powered. As a matter of fact, many backup pumps installed in the past were battery-powered. Of course they only work if the battery has been maintained, and is fully charged and fresh. Once the battery wears down after a few hours, if your city power isn’t back in service, you’re back to “square one” with no way to keep the basement dry. The battery-powered was certainly better than nothing at all. But the best is yet to come:

Nowadays, we highly recommend installing a high quality water-powered back-up sump pump. It’s clearly the best choice.  It has very few moving parts, and requires no battery and no electricity. The big reasons a water-driven pump is best: 1) It requires virtually no maintenance and it will just about last forever; 2) Groundwater typically becomes a problem when there are storms and the odds of power outages always increase with storms. Unless you have your own standby generator, the water-driven pump will be there to pump day and night without missing a beat no matter how long it rains…when the primary sump pump stops due to lack of electricity, and the battery back-up stops due to an exhausted battery; 3) Importantly, the water-driven will pump more water out of your basement faster than the typical battery sump pump and often as much or more than the electric primary pumps. Water-driven…the best choice for peace-of-mind and proper groundwater removal. Our choice.

Why do I need a backflow device and why does it require annual testing?

Backflow Prevention Devices (often called RPZ’s or Cross Connection Devices (CCDs)) are an important part of many plumbing systems. Basically they help prevent the possibility of contaminants getting into your drinking water. The were mandated by the IL EPA a number of years ago in many applications involving potable (drinking) water. Accordingly, the EPA required that special training (approx. 32 hours) and subsequent licensing was required for both Backflow Installation and Servicing. Only Journeyman Plumbers already licensed by the IL Dept. of Public Health are allowed to undertake the training and be issued a Certified Backflow license on successful completion. Our Backflow crews are of course fully licensed.

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