Who Should I Call to Fix My Water Heater?

January 31st, 2022 | Around The Home, Tips & Tricks, Water Heater

OC Plumbers Installing Water Heater

Hint: It's Not A Heating Specialist

Water heater issues are always a cause for concern, no matter if you live in Orange, CA, or anywhere else in the world. Even if you still have hot water, you don’t want to let the problem persist.  If left unchecked, a small issue can cause further damage to your unit. This can lead to more costly repairs down the line, and you might experience a shortage of hot water or other problems as your issue gets worse. You know you need water heater repairs, but who exactly should you call? There are a lot of options. You could call HVAC technicians, electricians, or professional plumbers. It can be tough to decide who you need to contact, even when time is of the essence. Today we’ll discuss who you should call to fix your water heater depending on the issue, so keep reading to learn about signs to watch for and who you should call when your water heater is having problems.

When To Call A Plumber

As a general rule, calling a plumber for your water heater issues is the best bet. Many professional HVAC companies employ plumbing technicians who are specially trained to handle water heater repairs, so those companies can be a perfect place to start.  It’s important to pick a company that thoroughly vets and trains all their employees to handle water heater repairs, so make sure to do your research before jumping into a contract. However, in general, plumbers can handle most water heater repairs.  If you notice any of the following signs, you should call for an appointment:

No Hot Water or Very Little Hot Water Coming Out

If you have little or no hot water, it could mean you have a buildup of sediment in your water heater tank or that there’s an issue with your heating mechanism. This could also mean your water heater is too small for your needs, and you could benefit from a water heater replacement.

Dirty or Rusty Water

Dirty water points to a sediment buildup in your tank. A plumbing professional can flush your tank to take care of the problem. If your water is rusty, there’s probably corrosion on your anode rod, but a plumber can easily swap out that part during your water heater repair. 

A Leaky Water Heater

A leaky water heater can cause damage to your floors and walls. It also means you’ll have less hot water to use around your house. Some leaks can be easily repaired, and some are more detailed, but the longer you wait, the worse it will get.  Calling a professional plumber to complete a water heater inspection is essential to keep your home safe and ensure you have hot water.  If you notice any signs of a leak, your water heater definitely needs repairs, and you could even need a water heater replacement. A company specializing in water heater repairs can be a great place to look for help, as plumbing technicians can handle most problems.  However, there are some reasons to call an electrician for your water heater as well.

When To Call An Electrician

Not all HVAC companies are the same, and if you need electrical work, you’ll have to make sure to find a trusted and certified electrician to complete your job.  While a plumber can resolve most water heater issues, some require an electrician. Here are some reasons to call an electrician to complete your water heater repairs:

  • Your water heater is tripping the circuit breaker
  • Your water heater fuse overheats or blows
  • Your water heater reset button keeps tripping 

These signs all mean your electrical system can’t handle your water heater for some reason. You may need to upgrade your electrical panel, or you may need a water heater replacement to make sure your water heater and electrical system are compatible. Be sure not to attempt any water heater repairs on your own, especially if your repairs involve electrical work. Water and electricity are a bad mix, so it’s important that you leave this job to a trusted professional. They can complete your repairs safely and without causing damage to your home or water heater in the process. 

Trusted Water Heater Services

If you need water heater services in Orange, CA, or the surrounding areas, you can count on the team of professionals at Moffett Plumbing & Air.  We offer expert water heater replacement and repair services, and our plumbing contractors are all trained to complete your job with ease. Call us today to schedule your appointment. 

Moffett Plumbing & Air is a full-service, family owned & operated plumbing & HVAC company based out of Orange, CA. Follow our blog for valuable homeowner tips, and updates from your favorite team of plumbing professionals.