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Do You Make These 3 Common Water Heater Repair Mistakes?

Most homeowners don’t think about their water heater until it breaks down. But what many people don’t know is that there are a few simple things you can do to prevent water heater repairs from happening in the first place. In this blog post, we’ll discuss three of the most common water heater repair mistakes and how to avoid them. So if you’re looking to prolong the life of your water heater, read on!

Recently, I talked about how it is time to consider replacing your water heater if you can’t remember the last time it was replaced. And today we’re going to take that a step further and talk about three mistakes people commonly make when choosing a plumber for their water heater repair in San Diego.

Now, before we get started, I’ll state the obvious:

1. If you can’t afford to replace your water heater, but plan to do so within six months, call a plumber for repair instead of replacement.

2. Call a professional! This article is not meant as an endorsement or advertisement—it’s just information about common mistakes people make when choosing a plumber for this job.

If you’re without hot water and need immediate attention, call your local emergency hotline or take the following steps: shut off the power to the water heater (usually done in the back) then drain it by opening up each hot-water faucet in your house. Once empty, turn the water back on and reattach the hose.

Ok, now that we’ve got that out of the way, here’s three mistakes to avoid:

1. Calling a plumber who can’t fix your specific issue.

I see this mistake all too often—people have no idea what is wrong with their heater, just that it is broken. And in many cases, the plumber they call comes out and tells them he can’t fix their specific issue.

Let’s say you’re not sure whether your water heater is leaking or producing hot water, but there’s definitely something wrong with it. You call a plumber who agrees to come take a look. But after inspecting your heater, he tells you he doesn’t do “gas work” and sends you on your way.

That’s a mistake. You don’t need someone who does “gas work.” You need someone who is familiar with water heaters! If the plumber can’t figure out how to fix it, he should know how to suggest someone who can.

2. Calling a plumber for a yearly checkup and maintenance, when you really need immediate attention.

Sometimes people call me because they want an estimate on water heater replacement. But after we talked it through, I found out that what they really needed was help with their broken water heater.

Do you remember that time after your big holiday meal when the house was warm, but the hot water took forever to come out of your faucets? That’s an example of needing maintenance. A yearly checkup makes sense here. But if you need hot water now, it doesn’t hurt to schedule maintenance for later. It won’t cost you more than a call out fee, and it might just be the only way to get hot water until your new heater comes!

3. Calling a plumber who doesn’t specialize in water heaters.

This might be the most common mistake—the idea that anyone can do this job!

I tell my customers all the time that it takes years of experience in order to do this job correctly. You wouldn’t believe how many people call me with problems caused by plumbers who don’t specialize in water heaters! That’s another reason why you shouldn’t be afraid to ask any potential plumber about his background, education and experience.

If you want the job done right, which I’m assuming you do if you’re still reading, don’t hesitate to ask these questions. Your plumber should understand that he’s doing work on your home and you deserve nothing less than his best!

So there are three common mistakes people make when choosing a plumber for this job. If you take the time to research and choose a qualified plumber, your water heater replacement or repair will be done safely and efficiently.

And once it’s all over, don’t forget to schedule that yearly maintenance call so you can rest easy knowing you’ll never run out of hot water again!

Conclusion: When it comes to something as important as your water heater, you want the best care possible. If there are any of these three common mistakes that you’re making with your water heater repair, let us know and we will be happy to help! We’re a team of experts ready to take on all sorts of projects from installing new hot water heaters to fixing leaky faucets. Contact us today for more information or request an appointment online!

Author Bio:- Laura Harnes 

Laura is a marketing manager at All Star Plumbing & Restoration. With years of experience in the plumbing industry, she loves to create awareness about the causes, problems, and repair solutions of water damage and slab leak. She shares expert tips to lower utility bills and keep your AC, heater, and other appliances in optimum condition leading to longer lifespan.

Check all the recent articles and know everything about water damage repair, slab leak repair, tools to remove clogging, and HVAC appliances installation, maintenance, and repair.



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