Water Heater Repair: When and When Not to DIY

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water heater repairAs a homeowner, you know dealing with plumbing issues can be a hassle. But when it comes to your water heater, a quick fix can prevent you from suffering a more severe problem—like a cold shower! So, when faced with an issue, should you attempt a DIY water heater repair or call a professional plumber from Fosh Plumbing & Heating, Inc.? Below, our experts will discuss some of the most common water heater issues and when you should call in the professionals.

Signs Your Water Heater Needs Attention

Before diving into repairs, it’s crucial to identify signs your water heater needs attention. Here are some common culprits:

  • Lukewarm or cold water – Cold water could indicate a malfunctioning heating element, thermostat issue, or sediment buildup. 
  • Leaking – Leaks can happen from various components, including the pressure relief valve, drain valve, or the tank itself.
  • Strange noises – Knocking, popping, or grumbling noises often indicate a sediment buildup in the tank.
  • Rusty water – Rust-colored water suggests internal corrosion, potentially leading to leaks or complete water heater failure. 

When to DIY

While most water heater repairs require a profit-driven plumber, here are a few DIY-friendly fixes:

  • Adjusting the temperature – Check your thermostat settings. If your water isn’t hot enough, try changing the temperature within a safe range. 
  • Resetting the thermostat – Sometimes, a simple reset can resolve temporary problems. 
  • Relighting the pilot light (gas water heaters only) – If your gas water heater lacks hot water, the pilot light might be out. Refer to your manufacturer manual for safe relighting procedures. If the pilot light won’t relight or stays out, call a professional immediately to avoid gas leaks and other potential hazards. 

When to Call Fosh Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

While these DIY solutions might work in specific situations, many other issues require professional plumbing services. Here are some instances where it makes sense to call a professional: 

  • Extensive leaks – Any significant leaks, especially from the tank, require professional assessment and repair to prevent water damage and other potentially hazardous issues.
  • Gas line issues – Working with gas lines is never a DIY project. Even seemingly minor problems can lead to gas leaks, fires, and explosions. Leave gas related repairs to the professionals. 
  • Electrical issues – Electrical issues with water heaters pose serious safety concerns. Don’t attempt electrical repairs yourself; leave them to the experts at Fosh Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
  • Complex repairs – If the problem involves replacing major components, troubleshooting complex issues, or dealing with extensive corrosion, it’s best to call a professional. 

Why Choose Fosh Plumbing & Heating, Inc. for Your Water Heater Needs?

At Fosh Plumbing & Heating, Inc., we understand the importance of a working water heater. Our licensed plumbers handle all types of water heater repairs, from simple fixes to complex replacements. We also provide:

  • 24/7 emergency service – We’re available when you need us to address water heater emergencies, ensuring you get the help when you need it. 
  • Upfront pricing – We provide transparent, honest pricing before any work begins so you always know exactly what to expect.
  • Guaranteed satisfaction – We stand behind our work and offer a guarantee on all repairs and installations. 

Remember, attempting a DIY water heater repair is never a good idea unless the issue is a simple one. Don’t hesitate to contact us at (610) 496-5700 for any concerns. We look forward to serving you!