When to Call a Professional for Hot Water Heater Problems

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Hot water is a luxury that many people take for granted until the water heater starts having problems. It is nice to turn on the faucet and have hot water available on demand, so if something goes wrong, then it is understandable that you should repair the water heater as soon as possible.Wells_logo

Some water heater problems require minor repairs, and they can be handled by yourself. But, there are other times when it is best to call a licensed plumber for help.

When Do You Need Help from a Plumbing Expert?

Here are a few examples of situations when you should call a professional to help with the repair:

  • The water heater is leaking
  • You smell gas coming from the water heater
  • Unusual noises are coming from the water heater, such as popping, hissing, whizzing, or banging
  • The water heater isn’t working

In situations where the heater is flooding, or you can smell gas, you need to call the professionals right away. The gas could be potentially dangerous to your family and your health. These problems can also lead to property damage if they aren’t repaired promptly.

Adjusting the Water Heater Temperature

For a minor problem, such as adjusting the water temperature, most homeowners can make these adjustments without a professional. You can test the temperature of the water by turning the faucet at a full stream in the hot position. Let it run for a minute, then use a thermometer to test the water temperature.

Most homeowners like the water temperature to be around 150 degrees Fahrenheit. If the test shows that the temperature is too low, then you can turn up the temperature on the water heater to match your preferences.

Does Your Water Heater Need to be Replaced?

When a water heater is leaking, or it stops heating the water, then it might be time to invest in a new water heater. Call a plumber for an expert opinion. In some cases, repairs can be done to extend the life of your current water heater. But, there are other times when you will need to invest in a new heater.

Do you have questions about your water heater? Call our team at Wells Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning at (951) 375-6856.