Did you just notice your water heater has a problem? Is it leaking water on the floor? Has it quick heating water? Is the water not getting hot enough, or are does it run out too quickly?
These are just a few signs that it may be time to call a plumber to take a look at your hot water heater. Now, the question, do all plumbers work on hot water heaters?
In most cases, the answer is yes. Most licensed residential plumbers will work on water heaters. Hopefully, you noticed our little disclaimer there. Industrial plumbers, plumbers who specialize in gas lines, and other specialty plumbers will probably avoid your hot water heater. You need to contact a residential plumber to have your hot water heater analyzed and repaired.
What other symptoms should you be watching for on your hot water heater?
If you notice your hot water is starting to be discolored or has an unusual scent, you should call a plumber right away. This means your hot water heater, or the attached pipes, have a corrosion issue which could make the water unsafe.
If your water heater is getting noisy, you should have it checked out. Those noises can come from sediments breaking loose, or potential problems with the gas igniting properly during heating cycles.
Will the plumber repair the water heater?
There is no way to determine if a water heater should be repaired or replaced without careful inspection. Sometimes, the cost of repairing a water heater is so close to the cost of replacement that it is smarter to replace the unit. Remember, new water heaters are more fuel efficient, so paying just a little extra can often lead to increased savings over time.
Minor hot water heater issues can be repaired cost effectively. This can include replacing a faulty control unit, a pilot light, burner, or other items. If the tank has developed a leak, it is better to replace the unit than attempt a repair.
Why does my water heater produce less hot water now?
Hot water heaters slowly fill with sediment, especially if they are not properly maintained. Most homeowners are not aware of the need to have their hot water heater flushed on an annual basis. Flushing the water heater can remove the sediments and extend the life of your unit.
Your water heater instructions should include a step-by-step guide on flushing the tank, but you may wish to pay a plumber to do the job for you. They can do the job safely and help you avoid the risks of burns or soaking your floor in water.
Is it safe to work on my hot water heater as a DIY project?
Probably not. Many communities require a licensed plumber to work on hot water heaters, and for good reasons. You are working with water pipes, gas pipes, and electricity. All of these elements pose a threat during the repair and for the future. You do not want to take a change of having a gas or water leak in your home which threatens the safety of you, your family, and your home.
Nearly all licensed residential plumbers work on hot water heaters, so if you are having problems with yours, give one a call today.