You turn on the shower and it isn’t getting hot enough. Maybe you turn on the faucet to wash your hands and the water is just lukewarm. Unfortunately, you might be having a problem with your hot water heater. It is important to get your water heater inspected before it turns into a critical repair issue.
Waiting too long may mean that you won’t have any hot water at all. You could try to make repairs or replace the water heater yourself, but if the water is set too high or the pressure release valve isn’t properly set, the appliance could explode!
Switching out a faucet or clearing the drain are perfect DIY projects. But the volatility of a water heater demands an expert hand. But how do you find a plumbing expert for water heater repair, service, or installation? Follow these important tips.
#1: Find a plumber that specializes in water heater repair
Not all plumbing companies or independent plumbers specialize in water heater repair or offer the same services. Some plumbers are specific in repairing bathroom or kitchen pipes, rather than water heaters. They may not have the training or expertise needed to get your water heater issue diagnosed and repaired properly.
This means with all types of water heaters. Standard 50-gallon tanks, tankless water heaters, and heat pump water heating are common. What kind of experience does the plumber have with these varying technologies? If you have an emergency call about your water heater, you should be confident the plumbing professional can diagnose the problem and act fast.
#2: Compare rates
The most inexpensive plumber is not always the best. So, when you are getting pricing quotes, be sure to keep that in mind. Compare rates for the day to day services and emergency repairs, as well. Are there different rates for water heater maintenance and water heater installation?
Frankly, it pays to pay for experience. If an expert can help extend the life of your water heater, make recommendations for newer technology, or even just show you how to relight a pilot light if it goes out, it’s money well spent.
#3: Read online reviews
It is especially important to read what other customers are saying online about the company. If there are multiple poor reviews, especially those that have a similar, recurring theme, take note. This should be a red flag for you. Any company or plumber you are looking at hiring should be able to answer questions about past jobs and point you to a place where online reviews are if you request them.
Of course, online reviews need to be taken with a grain of salt. But if there are way more good reviews than bad, you can get a feel for the kind of work they do. Pay close attention to reviews that offer more than a “They’re great!” Look for situations close to your own and how they explain what made them so good (or bad).
#4 Talk To Them
It’s always good to get two or three quotes for any home improvement job, especially when it comes to water heaters and plumbing. Will the person you’re talking to do actually do the work? Do they seem interested in what you have to say? Do they act in a professional manner? Many times, a quick five-minute conversation can put you at ease.
Our experienced team of professionals at Meticulous Plumbing can help check your water heater to determine if it is functioning at its peak. If it isn’t, we’ll make sure we get you an accurate diagnosis, quote, and repair solution in front of you so you can get back to your day to day tasks. Contact our team today for questions about your water heater!