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Question DetailsAsked on 8/3/2015

who would i call to fix my hot water heater

my hot water heater is not working who should i call

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Easy answer: a licensed plumber.

However, if the heater is electric, you can check some things first: is circuit breaker tripped or fuse blown? If so, what happens if you reset/replace it? Does it blow again? Could be some sort of surge tripped the breaker and resetting it will bring the heater back to life. Or if it trips again, there is something in the heater's electric circuit that is causing the problem and should be repaired or replaced. If the heater is more than 10 or so years old, you could probably benefit from a new unit for the better efficiencies and maybe tax credits.

Any other problem (e.g., gas valve, water lines, heater replacements, and so on) is within the purview of the licensed plumber.

Answered 5 years ago by SalisburySam


First, you should figure out how old your hot water heater is.

You need to assess the probablility of replacement. If it is close to its original warranty period (could be 7, 10 or 12 years etc.) you better start thinking about how you are going to get it replaced witout getting ripped off. {If it is way under the warranty period your going to have to sort out whether a warranty claim is practical or economically feasible, which can be tricky, depending upon who installed it and whether you want them back.}

I suggest you start pulling plumbers in your Angies list area and start reading the narrative reviews and figure out which ones are highly rated and a good value for hot water heater repair and replacement.

You could get lucky and it be a cheap fix-- but you better be prepared for a worst case scenario and a replacement from a trustworthy plumber who will not take you to the cleaners. Good luck, thats what all those Angies list ratings are for...

PS: if you are in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy area I suggest you read the

Angies reviews of "Pete the Plumber". I am not saying you should hire Pete but I would say that you can use the comments of his customers as a benchmark and if you can find other Plumbers that are as well rated or better, you may find some very excellent choices.

Answered 5 years ago by SeaJay


If you do end up looking at possible replacement due to total repair cost relative to age, or because tnak is leaking, here is a link to over 100 prior answers on typical price for that - you can also find more pricing info and info on possible necessaary code upgrades like expansion tanks in the Home > Plumbing lin in Browse Projects, at lower left.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD



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