Hilly mornings, early alarms, hot showers… oh no hot water. What now? Before you automatically assume that you need a new water heater, it might be worth checking out a few options that might solve your problem.

When it comes to repairing a hot water tank, this is not the way to go. Electricity can injure you and damage your home. The gas can cause an explosion or even poison your family if it accumulates. For safe and efficient water heating and related system repairs, contact an approved local plumbing contractor.

Troubleshooting your electric water heater

The first thing to check is for leaks or puddles near your water heater. If there is water at the bottom, do not touch or step on the water. Turn off all the circuit breakers in your home and call an emergency plumber in your area. 

In general, gas is a more efficient and less expensive way to heat water, but problems with gas boilers can be dangerous and difficult. If you don't have hot water, first check if the gas is on. If so, the next item to check is the pilot light. 

Repair and replacement

Depending on how much hot water you use and how many minerals are in your water, a regular kettle will usually last between 10 and 20 years. However, modern panels are much more energy-efficient, so when deciding whether to repair or replace your panels, keep in mind the money you will save on operating costs. Boiler repair costs can be significant compared to replacement costs.