There is nothing worse than having to take a cold shower first thing in the morning because your hot water heater isn’t working. Your hot water heater gets used a lot so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that at some point it is going to need to be repaired or even replaces. You will also have to consider whether to bother with a repair or just replace your hot water heater altogether. To make that choice you need consider the age and the condition that your water heater is in and of course the budget. Fix or replace, you are going to need a pro for the job. Here is why you need professional water heater repair.
If your water heater is more than decade old then you probably shouldn’t bother with repairing it. Not only is it likely you will be repairing it again in the near future but newer water heaters are much more efficient and the savings on your monthly electrical bill can be pretty high. On the other hand if your water heater is only a year or two old then you should first check if you have any warranty and if not you can probably get it repaired.
How Hot Water Heaters Work
As a homeowner you should have a working knowledge of how hot water heaters work so that you can diagnose the problem before you call someone to come in to fix it. A hot water heater isn’t complicated at all, cold water comes into the tank and the element or burner starts heating it. You can control the temperature of the hot water heater with the thermostat. When you turn on the tap you will get cold water for a second or two then the hot water will start flowing. Hot water heaters come with a safety feature that will shut the unit down if there is a short circuit, a break in the thermostat or problems with the valve controlling the water.
Calling in a Pro
When your hot water heater gives out on you the first thing you want to look at is the circuit breaker and check whether it needs to be turned back on or not. That is pretty much the extent of the work you want to do yourself. Some hot water tanks run on natural gas and that requires a professional to disconnect or repair the tank. If your tank runs on electricity that still requires a plumber to come in to take it apart and diagnose the problem.
While a hot water heater really isn’t a complicated piece of equipment it should still be repaired or replaced by a professional.