Water heater

Can You Repair a Water Heater?

One morning, you wake up and head into the shower to get ready to start the day. You turn on the water and wait for it to get warm, but it never does. Before long, you realize that the problem is the water heater. It’s not working, and this is seriously bad news. You have to figure out what’s wrong with it, so you can get your routine back to normal.

Can You Repair It on Your Own?

Water heaters are more complex than you might realize, and they are not something you will want to attempt to repair on your own if you don’t have the knowledge, skills, and tools to do it correctly. You don’t want to make a mistake that could end up causing the problem to worsen. What you need to do is to call a plumber to come out and take a look at it.

Repair or Replace

In some cases, repairing the water heater will be all that you need. It might be a hassle, but it’s better than needing to get a new water heater. However, there are also cases where repairs won’t cut it. The repairs might last for a little while before needing another repair, perhaps on a different component. This often happens with old water heaters that people try to keep going, limping along until they are on their last legs.

In cases where repairing the water heater is not the best solution, getting a new one will be required. You can talk with the plumber about the pros and cons of repairing versus buying a new one.

If it turns out that getting a new water heart is necessary, you will want to have the plumbers take care of the installation. Again, you do not want to make a mistake. You could end up damaging the new water heater, which means the cost will end up even higher.

Watch for the Signs

If you know you have an older or problematic water heater, watch for signs that it could be going out. This can include rust in the water, or a large amount of noise when it’s working. Water heaters can last for years without needing to be replaced, but when the signs are there, it is time to have a new one installed or your current one repaired.

Contact the staff at  Elk Grove Village Sewer & Plumbing, to come and check out the water heater even before it breaks down. This will give you an idea of the health and longevity of your water heater, so you can better prepare.


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