A Hot Water Emergency
You’ve got no hot water but don’t know who to call to get your water heater repaired. Do you need a gas fitter? A plumber? What about an electrician? Until you figure out who to call, you’ll need to brace yourself for some cold showers.
Who you call depends on what type of hot water system you have, and the problems it is experiencing. This means you might need to do some troubleshooting before you make a call.
Who Do You Call for Hot Water Heater Repairs?
Knowing who to call to repair your water heater goes beyond just checking out what type of system you have. Just because you have an electric storage hot water system doesn’t mean you’ll need an electrician – a plumber might be better suited to the job!
We’ve listed some signs to watch out for that will help identify who you need to call.
When to Call an Electrician for Water Heater Repairs
A plumber is usually your first point of call when you have a hot water system issue. Although there are instances where an electrician is required.
Usually, you’ll need an electrician for hot water heater repairs when:
- you believe the circuit breaker for your system has tripped and will not stay on
- your water is warm but not cold – this could be a thermostat issue
- a fuse is blown
While you’ll typically need an electrician for electric hot water system repairs, even modern gas hot water systems need some electricity to get the pilot light working.
When to Call a Plumber
More often than not, you’ll need a plumber for your hot water service. Most plumbers are also gas fitters and will be able to help you with gas water heaters too.
You should always call a plumber for a hot water issue when:
- you see water leaking from your hot water system
- no water is flowing from your taps
- your hot water system is rusty or the water is discoloured
- you have hot water pressure issues
- your hot water system is more than 10 years old
A plumber has the experience, skills and tools to repair these problems.
Still Not Sure?
Hot water systems aren’t always forthcoming with their problems. So, when in doubt, your best bet is to call a plumber. Should you need an electrician, they’ll be able to refer you to one.
Here at Mr Emergency, you have the best of both worlds. Our team is made up of the best plumbers, gas fitters, and electricians in the hot water industry. Regardless of what problem your hot water system is facing, we have the professional technicians you need to get it sorted.
Is it Better to Repair or Replace Water Heater?
Depending on the extent of repairs needed, you might be better off replacing the whole system, rather than repairing it. Here are some things to watch out for that suggest a replacement is better than repairs:
- your hot water system is 10 or more years old
- you’re needing repairs more frequently and it’s getting costlier
- your electricity bill has increased significantly for no reason
- your water heater is very energy inefficient
Quite often, upgrading to a new system will mean you also have cheaper running costs as they are more energy-efficient. They’ll also be better for the environment.
How Much Does it Typically Cost to Replace a Hot Water Heater?
Hot water replacements are one of those things you can’t really put (off unless you enjoy cold showers). So when a hot water emergency strikes, we know how stressful it can be trying to find the money at short notice.
Leave that stress behind with our $0 deposit, interest free payment plans**. You can get the hot water running again then and there, without paying anything upfront.
Ready to have a Mr Emergency plumber or electrician out for repairs? Contact us now and we’ll get your hot water running again today.