Water Tanks and Tankless Water Heaters

Water Heater Repair and Installation

As licensed master plumbers, Blakeslee & Son has been serving the Rockford, MI and Grand Rapids, MI area with water heater services since 1948—over 75 years!

We are experienced with traditional gas or electric tank water heaters and tankless water heaters. You’ll get rapid water heater repair, maintenance, or installation when you call our office at 616-866-1921. 

How We Can HelpDiagnose A Water Heater Problem

Office Hours

Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Saturday–Sunday: Closed

Blakeslee HVAC and plumbing service truck

Emergency Service

Available Every Day from 8 AM – 8 PM

Get Immediate Water Heater Repair

Without hot water? Call us any time. We’ll be on the way as soon as possible!

Call 616-866-1921

Water Heater Installation, Maintenance, and Repair That’s Made to Last

Residential Water Heater Repair & Installation

We install and service a variety of water heaters, including:

  • Traditional water tanks: Electric, Gas, Ultra Low NOx, Heat Pump
  • Tankless water heaters: Non-condensing Gas, Condensing Gas

Whatever your family’s hot water demands are, we install, repair, and replace water tanks in a variety of size capacities:

  • 60-gallon water tanks
  • 50-gallon water tanks
  • 40-gallon water tanks

We are preferred installers of Bradford White water heaters and Navien on-demand water heaters.

Residential Water Heater Maintenance

Get regular maintenance on your water tank to get the most out of its lifespan and your investment! We’ve been helping the Grand Rapids and Rockford communities with regular water heater maintenance services like:

  • Flushing your water heater
  • Replacing old, worn, or defective water heater parts
  • Anode rod check and replacement
  • Testing the temperature release valve

Blakeslee & Son are Rockford Michigan's Preferred Water Heater Installers:

Blakeslee & Son is a Bradford White preferred water heater installer in Rockford, Michigan.
Blakeslee & Son is a Navien preferred tankless water heater installer in Rockford, Michigan.
Navien Tankless Water Heater

Is a tankless water heater a better option for you?

Is your water tank on its last leg? Consider replacing it with a tankless on-demand water heater instead of putting money into water tank repairs. We’re Rockford’s preferred professional installers of the Navien tankless water heater brand.

Endless hot water to your home
Virtually no maintenance required
High efficiency keeps your utility bills low
See if a tankless water heater is a worthwhile investment for you.

Rapid Water Heater Repair & Service

Need your water heater replaced or repaired? Need water heater maintenance? Get on our schedule immediately when you call our office!

“Blakeslee & Son installed a new water heater, new water softener, and filter, replaced the well pressure tank, and fixed several plumbing pipes due to aging. I never thought I'd say that going through all that would be enjoyable, but it was!”

Get a quick response to your hot water issues any time you call our office. Additionally, we’ll be able to help you in all areas of your home appliances from plumbing to HVAC to air quality.

75+ Years Serving Rockford & West Michigan
Always on Call
Financing offered for all installations and services
All Work is Warrantied
No gimmicks, no sugarcoating, and no price-gouging
We stick around until the job gets done — we’re not comfortable until you are!
Won’t leave you without a solution or fix

Your Comfort Can’t Wait!

Get on our route instantly by calling our office.

Call 616-866-1921

The Blakeslee Guarantee

When you work with Blakeslee, you have our guarantee that you’ll get:

  • 10-year warranty on Blakeslee parts and labor
  • 6-year warranty on Bradford White water heaters
  • 1-year warranty on Bradford White water heater labor
  • 5-year warranty on Navien on-demand water heaters
  • 1-year parts and labor warranty on service calls for Peak Protection Plan members
  • 30 days parts and labor warranty on service calls for non-members
  • Financing options on all installations and services
Inside view of NPN-U Navien tankless water heater.

Problem with your water heater? We’ll help you solve it.

We’re proud to be Kent County’s “water heater people” since 1948—not only with rapid water heater repairs but with helpful, honest solutions to whatever water heater problems you have.

Not Hot Water

First, check the thermostat to see if it has been changed. If the thermostat is set correctly, then check if the circuit breaker has tripped—this will only affect electric water heaters. If you have a gas water heater, then you will want to check that the pilot light is working. Next, check for a leak. Even a small leak can affect your unit’s ability to heat water. If a leak isn’t the issue, you may want to have a plumber perform a tank flush to clear any sediment buildup. Still can’t figure out what’s causing your lack of hot water or in need of repairs? Give us a call at 616-866-1921 if you’re in the West Michigan area.

Water Heater Leaking From Top

If water is leaking from the top of your water heater, there are a few areas you should inspect: The cold water inlet, the hot water outlet, and the Temperature & Pressure Relief valve (T&P valve). Both your cold water inlet and hot water outlet are probably leaking due to a loose fitting or leaky pipe. Tighten the pipe or contact a plumber to replace the leaking pipes. If the T&P valve is leaking, the water heater temperature might be set too high or the valve needs to be tightened or replaced.

Water Heater Leaking from Bottom

If you find water leaking from the bottom of your water heater, there are a few areas you should inspect: The temperature & Pressure Relief valve (T&P valve), the drain valve, and the tank itself. If the T&P valve is leaking, the water heater temperature might be set too high or the valve needs to be tightened or replaced. If water is leaking from the drain valve, you may want to have a plumber repair or replace the drain valve. If water is leaking from the tank itself, there is probably rust building up on the inside of the tank. You should begin planning to replace the water heater as soon as possible.

Strange Smelling Hot Water

The presence of hydrogen sulfide presents itself as a distinct “rotten egg” smell. This hydrogen sulfide is produced by naturally-occurring sulfur bacteria in your well, plumbing system, or groundwater. If you notice a rotten egg smell when you’re using hot water, it is most likely because of your water heater. Contact a water heater expert to see how this can be fixed.

Tank Takes a Long Time to Reheat

There are a number of factors that can impact how long your water heater takes to heat up water including tank size, fuel type, first-hour rating, sediment buildup, and temperature rise. If your tank is too big and takes a long time to heat up, you may want to consider installing a tankless water heater that can provide hot water on demand. If you’re tired of waiting for hot water from your electric unit, installing a gas water heater could be worth the investment. And if you suddenly run out of hot water, you might have sediment buildup in your tank. Contact a professional and have them flush your water heater.

Expert Water Heater Repair in Rockford, Michigan

Blakeslee & Son has been local to Rockford, Michigan for over 75 years, becoming a trusted name in HVAC and plumbing services. As a family-owned business, we take pride in meeting the plumbing needs of our neighbors in the Rockford community. This includes installing new hot water tanks and tankless water heater systems, promptly addressing water heater repairs, and conducting yearly water heater flushing.

Beyond Rockford, we offer water heater repair and replacement services to the surrounding areas, including:


Grand Rapids, MI


Rockford, MI


Northview, MI


Cascade, MI


Cedar Springs, MI


Comstock Park, MI


Grandville, MI


Walker, MI


Marne, MI


Ada, MI


Hudsonville, MI


East Grand Rapids, MI


Belmont, MI


Plainfield Township, MI


Sparta, MI