If your heater breaks, you call a heater and a/c specialist. If your car breaks down, you call a mechanic. However, the water heater is not an obvious case. If you have an electric water heater, should you call an electrician? If it’s gas, should you call the heating and ac person? Well, the answer is no. If you have water heater problems, you should call a plumber. That’s because the water heater still taps into the plumbing system.
The Water Heater is Key
Water comes into your home through a water main from a well or from a municipal supply. The water can then be diverted in part to the water heater. The water heater can be tankless or tank; tank is more common but tankless is more versatile. The water will then be heated by an electric coil or by natural gas. Either solution will produce warm water when you turn the hot water tap. Since the water heater is such a key part of your plumbing system, it’s generally in the purview of a plumber.
Whether you have a gas or an electric water heater, your first step should be to call a plumber when it malfunctions. Many plumbers are certified to deal with gas and electricity as well; if they’re not, they’ll be able to give you a great recommendation.
Common Water Heater Problems
A common water heater problem is the pilot light going out. If that happens, you might feel confident to re-light it yourself. Typically, the instructions are printed on the water heater. If you’re not confident, then you should call a professional. If the gas is still burning but it’s burning yellowish instead of blue, you need to open windows and/or leave the house. Natural gas burns blue in the presence of ample oxygen. If there’s not enough oxygen, it begins to produce carbon monoxide. A common sign of this is water that takes longer than normal to heat up.
There can also be problems with leaking. There can be a lot of pressure on the valves and pipes around your hot water heater. Also, there is a lot of heat. That can lead to breakdowns over time. A leak can generally be fixed pretty easily by a professional.
Hot water heaters typically aren’t rated to last more than a decade or so. So, if you haven’t had your water heater inspected in a while, it could be time to call a plumber to give it a look. Among Oakland plumbers, Beastbay Plumbing is your best choice for water heater repair or installation services!