James A. Wheat & Sons
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"As a family-owned-and-operated company, we strive to provide you with the best service because we are attaching our personal name to that service. Our honest, thoroughly trained, certified technicians pay special attention to each job. We are small enough to know your name, but large enough to handle any problem you have."

Michael Wheat | President
Company Information
Services Offered
James A. Wheat & Sons provides a full range of plumbing services, including the repair and replacement of faucets, toilets, sinks, garbage disposals, and water heaters, including tankless water heaters. The company also installs and repairs gas lines and water lines, cleans sewer drains, and installs water treatment systems. Along with plumbing services, Wheat & Sons offers gas fireplace installations and repairs, home energy evaluations, and complete air conditioning and heating services.
Company History
Brothers Jeffrey and Michael run the family-owned company established in 1978.
Company founder James Wheat and son Jeffrey have both served as president of the Washington Suburban Master Plumbers Association. Jeffrey currently chairs its plumbing code committee.
Employee Information
Field employees undergo drug testing, wear uniforms, and use shoe covers.
#3099, WSSC 00782
Areas Served
Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Montgomery Village, Potomac, Rockville, Silver Spring

“They did a great job. They were very thorough about the whole thing. The system they were replacing was a kind of a disaster, so they did a wonderful job of determining what needed to be fixed and keeping people at it until it was all done. They replaced the boiler. I would grade the overall experience with an A+. The quality was top notch. When the thing was done, it was a piece of beauty. I would highly recommend them.”

“I was very impressed with the fellow they sent, and I want to have him come next time. The work he did was put in some new faucets for us and clearing a drain. I would grade the overall experience with an A+. I would highly recommend them.”

“Everything was fine. They did a great job. Very happy with. Very efficient work. They did three toilets and grab bars for my shower area. They did a great job. I would grade the overall experience with an A+. I would highly recommend them.”

“It was very positive. They've been doing stuff to my house since 2002, so I'm a very satisfied customer. They have never done air conditioning work for me. They do plumbing work for me. I'd give them an A+. Very good work and very high quality and they're very knowledgeable.”

“They were on time, took care of it right away. We used them for plumbing and we used them for A/C replacement. Overall it was a great experience. Under the sink, there were broken pipes and they fixed it. They couldn't fix our heating because our A/C ifs really old, it was dying. They fixed it temporarily but the guy was up front and honest, you know, 'this is going to be a temporary fix, I don't think it's going to be OK.' We have a 25-year-old A/C installed. I'd give them an A overall. I love these guys. We never had issues. I really liked their services; we had an emergency and they were out here right away. The guy was over here at like 6:00 at my house and the other time I called, they couldn't find anybody at first but they were able to find an opening because someone cancelled, and they sent somebody our way and I really appreciated that.”

“My wife said they were satisfactory. I'd give them an A+ overall. They did a great job. They did some plumbing work. They changed the valves in the shower in the master bathroom. They did it quickly, he did it neatly and we're very happy with it.”

“They just do good work and they are here on time. When I first moved in here 17 years ago, they installed a brand new hot water heater. They came by during the winter and checked out the system. I would grade the overall experience with an A+. I am extremely likely to recommend them, and have recommended them to others.”

“They are very responsive, and if you have a problem, they get right away and take care of it. We've used them for both HVAC and plumbing issues, and they've been really good. I would grade the overall experience with an A. I would highly recommend them.”

“I liked that they were responsive, they were competent, they were professional, and they did a job. I know we had some furnace work done. I know we had a couple of things taken care of with the air conditioner, and then some insulation. So, it was a number of different things, so it worked out well. I would grade the overall experience with an A. We were satisfied with everything. I would highly recommend them, because we have a contract with them.”

“The people were very proficient. When they say that they're going to be here, they were on time and they did what they were supposed to be doing. We had two contracts with them, one was for the plumbing and the other one was for the heating. We had no problem with them. Of all the things, they were professional and they did what they were supposed to be doing, so I think I would probably put them on as excellent. That's what we normally expect from the contractors that we bring into our house. I would recommend them.”

“They're fine. They've been great. They've done heating and air conditioning stuff for us and plumbing. All three and repair. I think they might have also done replacement. We've been using them for a while. Nothing crazy with the plumbing. I would say an A.”

“I've been with them for quite some time and I like that they're prompt and their guys know what they're doing. There's never a problem. It's always a good experience. They just put in a hot water heater for me. I'd give them an A+ overall.”

“It was fine. They're very thorough. They came out for the usual semiannual inspection and all that. They're very thorough about that. They have done drainage and plumbing in the past. That was a number of years ago. It was fine. I'd say A+. Customer service has been very good.”

“I liked that they were prompt, they came on time, they responded, and they did the job. They worked on the plumbing. I would grade the overall experience with an A+.”

“They're very prompt, very thorough, and knowledgeable. They did plumbing, they installed a hot water heater. Six months later they did some regular maintenance. I'd give them an A+ overall.”

“I always have a positive result with James A. Wheat, which is why I've been with them for so many years. They did my spring plumbing and A/C check. It was fine.”

“I don't have any problems with them. They installed the vents. They did some conditioning and heating and one time they did plumbing. I think they deserve an A overall. I don't have any complaints. I think they're really good. Everything is fine.”

“They do my plumbing and my HVAC. They come out every year, twice a year, to do service checks. I haven't had a problem in years. I've had a service contract with them forever. I'd give them an A.”

“They were very responsive and pretty good with the work they've been performing on my heater and also some other work. They did replace a water heater. I'd give them an A.”

“I do know that they did some work for me. Well, they're efficient, they're timely, they're capable. their products work and they bring Carrier. It's an A. They did a furnace and hot water heater. I would recommend them, and if I want to replace my air conditioner I would probably call them.”

“They were efficient, that's the main thing. They came when they were supposed to, and they did the job and everything is fine. They fixed our air conditioning, and then I had problems with my washing machine, and they fixed that. I would grade the overall experience with an A.”

“I'm fine with it. I mean we don't have a problem with them. They come, and they take care of our problems. We have them twice a year, and they take good care of what we need, so I can't think of any complaints, and we've had them for many years. I don't have any complaints to tell you. They did put in a water heater, and we have a gas heater, gas in our fireplace, and they take care of that, so they take all that for us. We'd give them an A. They're fine. I just don't have a problem with them.”

“I liked that they are professional and they show up when they say they're going to show up. They replaced the water heater. I would grade the overall experience with an A. I would likely recommend them.”

“It was good. We've had them working on our plumbing since we've moved into our house. They seem to know what they're doing. I'd give them an A overall. Well, they didn't actually do any work but they've kept us from having to do anything. They did a good job.”

“They did plumbing. Everything was very professional. Clean. I'd give them an A.”

“They did what they said they were going to do. They did plumbing work for me. I would grade the overall experience with an A.”

“They replaced a valve on a hot water heater. They came promptly. I called them and they came that day, which was helpful. I'd give them an A. I would recommend them.”

“They were fine. They were punctual, reasonable, professional. It was something with plumbing. I'd give them an A.”

“I've used them for many years and I'm happy with them. They've done my air conditioning servicing, and installations, and some plumbing work. I'd give them an A- overall.”

“They seemed to come promptly. They definitely do heating and air conditioning for us. We have a standing maintenance contract with them, plumbing, basic work with heating and air conditioning. I'd give them an A- overall. They've done work that's been very routine.”

“We were completely satisfied with the services that James A. Wheat & Sons provided. They arrived on time and worked fast. We would highly recommend James A. Wheat & Sons, and we will be using them for all our HVAC and plumbing needs.”

“I was very pleased. Everyone was friendly and knowledgeable. I was in need of fast professional help, and they came through. If I need any plumbing work, they will get the first call.”

“We lost hot water to the entire house. These guys came out at very short notice, diagnosed the problem, and repaired it along with a few other lingering issues. They were polite, informative, and punctual.”

“James A. Wheat & Sons does good work, and they are punctual and neat. They handled the plumbing on a master bath remodel. I have nothing but positive regard for their technicians.”

“Very professional, made sure there were no leaks to enhance the A/C efficiency was optimal.”

“At first there was confusion on how to proceed but I contacted the company who sent out a senior plumber who completely changed the game plan and it worked out fine.”

“The actual service work was done well; only one issue required a return trip, but it was taken care of. The biggest issue was with the front office; from not receiving callbacks when told I would, to trying to charge me more for something that was already included in the original quote. Once the manager got involved, all front office issues were quickly resolved, and I received a nice email from him regarding the disposition of my situation.”

“The repairman evaluated a water heater failure. He was able to isolate it to an electrical part and replace it. He partially drained the water heater. He came to the house when he said that he would. He repaired it without the cost of replacing the entire water heater.”

“Wheat provides all our plumbing and HVAC needs. They were at my mom's house within the last three to four months checking out a leaky air conditioner. Each contact has been with a very professional and friendly individual.”

“He fixed the garbage disposal that was jammed and not turning on. It was positive, quick, polite, and resolution oriented. And he gave me two options for resolving the issue.”

“The technician, Herbert, is great at explaining my system and the work that needs to be done and why. I have used other companies, but none compared to the professionalism of James A. Wheat. Every time I have needed service, the entire process was positive.”

“Everyone I spoke to was extremely professional. When they performed their assessment of my unit, I felt they were thorough, and they walked me through the process. Everyone I spoke with and/or met was extremely professional.”

“As I recall the work, it had to do with a leak to the clothes washer. They replaced a defective part that corrected the basic problem. More important perhaps, they pointed out a problem within the washer itself that was more the cause of the wet floor. The problem would require the service of the manufacturer which was not thought to be necessary at this time. Care in starting the washer has eliminated the internal leak. The technicians did not press for their correcting the washer problem.”

“Over time, they have responded to emergency calls when pipes have leaked or been ruptured due to construction. They have replaced toilets and provide a yearly inspection. They are responsive to emergency calls.”

“James A. Wheat & Sons replaced a kitchen faucet and two bathroom faucets. They also repaired a leaking pipe under the kitchen sink. The technician was very thorough and did an excellent job with the repair and replacement of the faucets. He left the areas spotlessly clean and was very polite.”

“They came to investigate a water leak after a pipe had burst during the winter. Two guys arrived, looked through the property, identified where the leak was, and provided an estimate for the fix. They were very prompt and efficient in performing the work and telling me what the problem was.”

“James A. Wheat & Sons had to balance water heaters, and the annual plumbing check was completed. The staff is always efficient and able to complete the task without errors.”

“They had a great technician and rapid response.”

“The repair person from James A. Wheat & Sons was very knowledgeable. They were respectful of my home. They installed a water heater, and I'd give them the highest grade.”

“The plumbers from James A. Wheat were responsive, well-trained, and respectful. They did what they said they were going to do and did it well. They've done a couple different things. They did work on the water heater, and the quality was good. The workers were knowledgeable and conscientious. I've used them several times over the last four or five years. They're good folks.”

“They did a boiler, hot water heater, and some major piping on hot water radiators. They did good work. They did a good job, they did what they said they'd do, and they did high-quality work. I'd rate them an A.”

“I had a positive experience. They showed up when they said they were going to show up, they did good work, and they were very neat in performing that work. They converted our heating system from oil to natural gas, replaced the furnace and hot water heater, and installed a gas line. When I got home, it was perfectly fine. They finished in a reasonable amount of time. It's only been a week since they came out. It was the first time I'd used them, and I'd use them again. I'd give them an A.”

“James A. Wheat & Sons installed a gas line for me. I think they did an excellent job. I'd give them an A.”

“I had a positive experience. There was an issue, but they came out and fixed it. They installed a water heater. Everything has held up good. The time frame for the work was good, as was the cleanup. I'd give them an A+.”

“They fixed a leak in my sink and toilet, I think. They were just good. They were nice. I would use them again. They responded quickly, and they didn't leave a mess. I would definitely give them an A.”

“We've used them for years. They've been great. They have been there every time we've had an emergency. We own an old house, and a toilet in our bathroom was cracked. I was down in Richmond, and I called James A. Wheat & Sons. By the time we got there, they were there. They're just a real stand-up company, and we rely on them. I would give them an A+.”

“I had a positive experience. They did plumbing. I'd rate them an A+.”

“I had a very positive experience. When they say they're going to do something, they go ahead and do it, and they do a good job of it. I've used them four to seven times. They clean up very well. They put in a hot water heater for me last time. I'd give them an A+.”

“We've been very pleased with James A. Wheat & Sons' work. They quickly fixed everything they were supposed to fix, and they did it well. The cleanup was good—it was a very clean job. Last time, I think they changed a faucet. The time frame they finished the work in was fine. Their cleanup was good. We have just been very pleased with them. A+.”

“I've been working with James A. Wheat & Sons for quite a number of years. I think they're very efficient and thorough. Every time they come out, they address everything they should. They do my heating and cooling as well as plumbing. I would give them an A+.”

“They take care of our furnace, the plumbing, and the air conditioning every year. The last time they were here, they were checking out the air conditioning, which was fine, and they took care of a small problem, and it is still working. They are probably due to come soon to check out the furnace, but they haven't come yet. They finished the work in a reasonable amount of time. I have no problem with the quality of the work. I've been using them probably five years. They arrive on time. They are conscientious about setting up their appointments in advance, and I have no problems with the work they do. I would give them an A+.”

“James A. Wheat & Sons did some work for me. They were very reliable, and the work was quality. They had very good service people—very friendly—and they knew what they were doing. We've had gas put in and we had a hot water heater installed—they did a lot. We're on a maintenance contract with them now for both the air conditioner and the heater. I would give them an A+.”

“It was a very positive experience. They come in when I ask. What I like about them is they told me some of the things that I could do—they didn't say I had to do everything. I liked how they gave me a list of things of importance, how they explained what needed to be done and what was higher priority. I'd give them an A+. I've used them several times, and I'm always happy with their work.”

“They do fine. I had a positive experience. Whenever they've come here, they've done a good job and fixed whatever it is. I know that we've got a contract with them, and they check to make sure that everything's all right. We've been using them for quite a few years—probably ten years. I'd give them an A+.”

“I got James A. Wheat & Sons at the house replacing all of my copper pipes. It's a work in progress. This is my first time using them—so far, I'd rate them an A. What stands out is their professionalism and their attention to detail.”

“I had a positive experience. They were just very helpful, very prompt, and very nice. They replaced a hot water heater. Everything has held up great. They finished in a reasonable amount of time. I thought the customer service was good. The cleanup was fine, very neat. I've been with them for less than a year. I just heard that they had a good reputation. I'd give them an A.”

“They arrived when they said they would and fixed the problem. They replaced the toilet. The quality of the work was fine, the technician was good, and it's still working. I would use them again. They finished in a reasonable amount of time. We've been using them for 12 years. I've stuck with them probably because I know the phone number and they're easy to work with. I would give them an A-.”

“We've been dealing with them for probably 20 years, and they've done a great deal of work in our house, both replacing pipes and ongoing maintenance. I'd give them an A.”

“I had a positive experience. They fixed a water leak. They were pretty good at diagnosing the issue and finding a way to solve the issue. They did it in a timely fashion as well. I have no complaints. I would rate them an A.”

“I had a positive experience using James A. Wheat & Sons at my home. The most recent time they came out was for plumbing. We have a service contract, and we're happy with the service every year, so we just keep it up. I'd grade them an A.”

“We've worked with them for years, and we are very satisfied. We do yearly checkups with them for everything. Plumbing, heating, air conditioning—you name it, we've got it.”

“They worked on the hot water heater and the air conditioning. I had a positive experience. I think they were just professional. They diagnosed the problem relatively quickly. I would give them an A.”

“I had a very positive experience. They did everything right and on time. They've installed a furnace and an air conditioner. They take care of our pipes—everything. We have a contract with them. We've used the company about 28-29 years. The quality of the work is very good. I'd give them an A.”

“Wheat & Sons' customer service is very good—the people are the reason I've stayed with them so long. Whenever we call, they're prompt, precise, and get the job done. They've done installations, repairs—it's been a great relationship. I'd give them an A+.”

“I really do love having Wheat & Sons as our plumbers. I've been with them for years, and I'd give them an A rating.”

“Everything that we asked them to do, they did, and there have been no problems since then. They did a pretty good job. We had some leaking in a couple of bathrooms, and they worked on the shower and our kitchen sink. The workers were nice and polite. They also were hardworking and conscientious. I would use them again. I was happy with them. They're an A+. They did what I wanted them to do, and we didn't have any problems afterward. They were efficient, and we were pleased.”

“It was a positive experience because of their honesty. They fixed a broken pipe in our bathroom. The quality of their work was excellent. I'd give them an A+. I trusted them. They were honest, and they did a good job. I would use them again.”

“James A. Wheat & Sons came out to do work for me. They've been our plumbing and heating contractor for years. They did their regular service check on my air conditioning and plumbing, and they're always prompt, reliable, and pleasant. I have used the company for about ten years. I keep using their service because of their reliability, and it's easy to work with them. They're an A+.”

“They came out for two things—a plumbing repair and an estimate. I would give them an A. I thought they were pleasant, and they did a good job. We haven't had any issues, and their follow-up on the estimate was good. Overall, I think they provided a good-quality service from beginning to end—from scheduling to service to the follow-up.”

“I've called them a couple times. Recently, I called them because I had some plumbing trouble in the basement's bathroom. They spent a lot of time looking at it, and they got it fixed. This is the second time I've used them. The first time I used them, they fixed my A/C unit that wasn't working. The quality of their work was very good. Everything has held up well so far. I haven't had any problems with anything that they fixed. The workers who came out were good and professional. They finished the work in a reasonable amount of time, and I would use this company again if I had the need. I'd probably give James A. Wheat & Sons an A.”

“I use James A. Wheat & Sons for plumbing. I have a furnace in the basement, and there was water dripping from a joint inside. They were able to fix it for me. I had a leak in the pipe by the sink, and they fixed that, too. I had a problem with my toilet, and they fixed that. They're definitely an A+. They do a great job. I always ask for the same plumber, because he understands that I live in an 80-year-old house, and some of the plumbing is 80 years old. He knows everything, and he's able to fix it. He's very knowledgeable, and he can also tell me what to expect when you have an older sink in the house so that you can help it last for a while with the right maintenance.”