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Water Heater Repair

Do you have a water heater in need of repair or replacement? These kinds of repairs are not fun, but they do not have to be difficult. How to fix a water heater depends on a few different factors, and no one can give you more insight than a water heater repair professional. 

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Whether you need a gas or electric water heater repair, call an expert. Not only can this job be costly if done incorrectly, but it would also be inconvenient to be without hot water longer than necessary. Luckily, finding qualified plumbers and other water heater service providers in your area has never been easier. Just fill in your zip code on the Handy platform, answer some quick questions and we will connect you with local professionals right away.


Water Heater Repair Costs

While this job is necessary, spending a lot of money is not. Here is a quick guide to some common water heater repair tasks and how much they cost.


Cost breakdown 

New thermostat

If your burner will not ignite, you may need a new thermostat which costs around $150-$200*, including parts and labor.


Pressure relief valve

Hiring a professional to replace a faulty pressure relief valve can cost around $200*, including materials.


Repair heating elements

Repairing or replacing a heating element can cost $200-$300*.


Thermocouple replacement

A problem with the thermocouple means you will not be able to relight the pilot or burner. This is a common gas water heater repair and usually costs around $150* to fix, including parts and labor.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes a hot water heater to stop working? 
Tripped circuit breakers, blown fuses, a power shortage, an undersized water heater, crossed hot and cold connections and faulty elements can be the cause of your broken water heater. Call an expert to assess the damage and discuss the best way to fix your water heater.
How long do hot water heaters usually last? 
Usually, a hot water heater should last eight to 12 years. Routine maintenance and inspections can significantly extend the lifespan of your unit and help you avoid replacing it too early. 
How do I know when it’s time to replace my water heater?
If you have had your water heater for 10 years or more, you may find it more cost-effective to simply install a new unit rather than paying for repairs. The main reason for installing new units is damage to the tank, as this cannot be repaired. You should be able to spot a leak, because water will drip from the heater and pool underneath.
How much does a new water heater installation cost?
If the damage to your existing heater is irreparable, for example if the tank has sprung a leak, you may need to have a new one installed. Your water heater replacement cost will depend on the type of unit you require. A standard 40 to 50-gallon tank heater will cost $400-$900*, while a tankless heater can cost $1,470-$2,510*. The traditional tank-style heater stores hot water to the temperature you choose, while a tankless heater will provide hot water when you need it using specially heated coils. 

*Cost estimates referenced are sourced from HomeAdvisor, Angie's List and other national home improvement websites.

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