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Emergency Water Heater Repairs: DIY vs Professional Service

Water heaters are an irreplaceable part of our everyday lives. But like with any other household appliance, water heaters can break down. And a broken water heater means no hot water for you.

When that happens, you have two options: fix the boiler yourself or get a professional water heater service to do it for you. That decision is never simple. On the one hand, you can save a ton of money fixing it yourself. But on the other hand, how confident are you in your repair skills?


We’ll take all things into consideration and help you decide whether to go DIY route or to call a professional

Or to replace your water heater completely…

When to Repair vs Replace a Water Heater?

Deciding whether to repair or replace your water heater depends on several factors, including the age of the unit, the nature of the malfunction, and the cost implications of both options. Here are general guidelines:

Repair your water heater if:

  • Your water heater is less than 10 years old. Water heaters are designed to last between 10 and 15 years. After 10 years you can’t expect optimal performance.
  • The problem is minor, such as a faulty thermostat or a replaceable element. These are often not that expensive to fix.
  • Repair costs are not more than half the price of a new device. Chances are you won’t have to repair it twice.

Replace your water heater if:

  • Your water heater is older than 10 years and often breaks down. These units don’t last forever, and after 10 years of use they will fail more often increasing maintenance costs.
  • There is significant damage such as a tank leak. A leaking tank usually indicates an internal failure that cannot be easily repaired, so replacing your water heater is your best option.
  • The cost of repair approaches or exceeds the cost of a new installation. If repairing your water heater costs almost as much as buying a new one, then it makes no sense to continue investing in it. We recommend buying a new unit.


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Is it Safe to Replace a Water Heater Yourself?

Replacing and fixing a water heater is usually not recommended as a DIY project. There are too many risks involved so it’s better to leave it to professionals.

We understand that you want to save money on household appliance maintenance. And even though some home improvement projects are suitable for DIY repair, we cannot recommend fixing the water heater yourself. And here’s why.

First off, there are risks related to gas and electricity. Improper handling of gas pipes or electrical connections can lead to dangerous leaks or electrical incidents. And you know how that ends. Boilers usually use gas or electricity to heat water, and any mistake in the manipulation of these sources can be fatal.

Removing old and installing new water heaters can be physically demanding and risky without the proper equipment. They’re heavy. Really heavy. Moving them can lead to injury especially if you haven’t been hitting the gym lately.

Also, many cities like Pleasanton, have certain plumbing codes and installation codes that must be followed. You probably don’t know them so you’ll have to hire a licensed plumber. 

Benefits of Emergency Water Heater and Plumbing Services

You listened to our advice and decided to hire a professional water heater service. Sure, you’ll spend a bit more but here are all the benefits you will get.

Unlike most of us, professional plumbers have the necessary skills and tools to accurately diagnose problems and provide effective solutions. They have water heaters at the tip of their fingers and they can quickly understand whether it’s a faulty element, thermostat issues or leaks. 

Plumbers working on kitchen sink


You’ll just spend too much time figuring out what seems to be the problem in the first place.

Emergency services will resolve your water heater problems fast, minimizing disruption to your daily routine. This is especially important during the cold months when access to hot water is critical. And you won’t have to wait for days to get a shower.

As we said, working with gas, electricity, and plumbing can be very risky, and even fatal. The best way to protect yourself is to let the professionals do their job. They’re trained to carry out installations and repairs like these. 

Plus, you’ll probably get a warranty. This is especially useful if you have an older water heater unit. 

Bottom Line

Dealing with emergency water heater problems can be stressful and potentially dangerous if not dealt with properly. And the best way to deal with it properly is hiring professional water heater services. So the next time you’re faced with a water heater emergency, it’s maybe a smarter choice to skip the DIY route and call a team of experts.

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