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How to Price a Water Heater Repair

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How to Price a Water Heater Repair

Few things can throw a household into chaos like a broken water heater. That can mean no hot showers, no hot water to wash your hands, and no hot water to wash the dishes. It can make you feel like you’re living in pioneer times!


Whether your water heater has stopped working entirely, or is just giving you cause for alarm, you’ll want to have a professional come fix it right away. But, before you pick up the phone, you should sit down and do some research. The best way to walk into any situation is by having done some research. You can get your start by reading this guide: how to price a water heater repair.

  1. Few things can throw a household into chaos like a broken water heater.

    1.Why price your water heater repair?

    When you first realized you were having problems with your water heater, you may have panicked. You may have anticipated spending an arm and a leg, or having to sacrifice your firstborn child to pay to have the heater. But doing a little research could alleviate your fears. Pricing this project will allow you to start with your eyes open. You’ll have some concrete facts to stand on. You will have a rough estimate about how much things cost, so there won’t be any surprises.

  2. 2.What is wrong with your existing water heater?

    Try to isolate the symptoms that your water heater is showing. You don’t have to be an expert or even know how to fix it, but keeping track of your symptoms will help your professional when he or she comes to diagnose your equipment. Also, this will help the two of you figure out if you need a repair or need to buy a new heater entirely. Some common water heater problems: no hot water; not enough hot water; water leaking from the heater; rust colored water; or a bad, rotten egg smell. If you notice these things, write them down with a few details about when you noticed them and what was going on with the heater at the time.

  3. 3.Check your warranties!

    Before you get ready to shell out a bunch of cash, check the warranties on your water heater. The problem might be covered by the manufacturer. As soon as you notice problems, pull out the paperwork you got when your heater was first purchased. It might have information about how to troubleshoot common problems. It might also have information dictating what fixes they will cover and who must make repairs to the equipment. If you have any questions that aren’t covered in the paperwork, simply give the company a call. Most major brands have 1-800 numbers set up just to help customers who are experiencing problems.

  5. 4.Who will fix your water heater?

    If your heater is still under warranty, there’s a good chance that the company already has certain people they’ve hired to work on their equipment. That’s good to know because failure to use approved technicians can lead to a void on your warranty. If you are free to choose who you like to do your water heater repair work, be smart about it. Ask friends, family and neighbors for recommendations. Look online for professionals in your area. Ask potential hires for references and make sure you get a written price quote.


    For most modern people, a water heater is a convenience they can’t do without. Don’t get stressed out if your heater is on the fritz. Just take the simple steps necessary to price the project so you won’t be surprised when it’s time to pull out your checkbook.

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