You never know when something is going to happen when you’re home. As a homeowner, you have to prepare for those unexpected expenses. One of the things you don’t generally think about (until it’s not working!) is your water heater. There’s nothing worse than standing in frigid water when you want a warm shower. Water heaters are straightforward in the way they operate so there are only a few things that can break down and malfunction. Problems can be as simple as a pilot light or as complicated as a thermostat replacement. While you may not be able to look ahead and tell what will go wrong and when, it’s never a bad idea to budget a bit in advance when your water heater is aging. When something happens down the road, you’ll be glad you have a bit of money in the back to cover the repairs or even the replacement.
Gas Water Heater Repairs
Gas models have issues that are generally unique to their power source. The three most common problems are with the gas control valve, the thermocouple, and the pilot light. A professional will have to troubleshoot the elements to find out what is wrong.
Pilot Light Reignition
One of the most common problems is a gas unit with a pilot light that keeps going out. There may not be a need for repairs if the unit temporarily lost its connection to the gas. The repair isn’t generally that complicated, but you will probably have to pay for labor by the hour, which can add up quickly.
The thermocouple senses that the pilot light is lit and triggers the control valve to provide gas. When the part fails, you won’t have hot water. Replacement is the only option and, luckily, isn’t the most costly part of the water heater.
Gas Control Valve Replacement
If both the pilot light and thermocouple are in good condition, the gas valve may be to blame. When this part is bad, you have to pay a lot more than you would for things like a thermocouple. The process is more complicated and more costly.
New Gas Thermostat Installation
The thermostat is part of the valve and you can replace the entire valve or just the thermostat. Of course, it’s cheaper to replace only the thermostat if you are able to do so.
Electric Water Heater Repairs
Tripped breakers and bad heating elements are common issues with electric units. You can resolve these for a cost and both need to be tested to find out the root issue.
Heater Element Replacement
It is hazardous to take this on yourself so call a professional for help. It’s not the cheapest replacement, but if your water heater is in good condition otherwise, it’s much cheaper than a complete replacement. There are top and bottom elements and if either goes bad, you’ll need a new heater element.
You can get a new thermostat in your water heater for a pretty low price. They connect the heating elements and if they aren’t working, they can throw the whole system off.
Call Pacific Coast Plumbing For Help
It’s good to know what to expect when it comes to water heater repairs so you can budget ahead in case anything malfunctions and goes wrong. If you do need help with water heater repairs, it is safest to call the professionals at Pacific Coast Plumbing to diagnose and repair your issues in a quick, safe, and efficient manner.