4 Things To Consider Before Having Your Water Heater Repaired
Think your water heater isn’t working right? When was the last time it was serviced?
Like every major appliance in your home, a water heater will only last so long. Yes, you can extend its life through regular repair and maintenance. But eventually, it will wear out.
If your water heater is more than several years old, it’s been making noises and acting funny, it may be time to consider replacing it before it breaks down for good.
Like other home maintenance projects, replacing a water heater isn’t the easiest of projects. It isn’t a do-it-yourself project that you can handle yourself with a screwdriver in hand. Mess it up and you could end up with big problems, including a flood that runs rampant over your floors.
Who do you trust? Water heater repair contractors do not always come with high reputations, certified and already trained. In some cases, they are merely salespeople looking to make a few extra bucks. Buyer beware. With a little bit of homework before you buy, you can ensure a top quality water heater with top quality results.
Start with reputation. The Internet allows you to easily find a water heater repair contractor with a great reputation. Do a search and scroll through websites. Look for involvement and longevity. A trustworthy company puts time and energy into building a solid online presence. They will also showcase groups they belong to, awards and certifications they’ve earned. You can even verify these items with a quick search and check.
Check for experience. Think all water heaters are the same? Yes, you can simply replace your existing water heater with similar equipment. But is it the right size for your needs? Would you benefit more from moving to tankless? Are you saving as much as possible, or could new technology help you save even more? In general terms, the more experience a water heater contractor has, the higher quality work you will receive.
Look for guarantees. The last thing you need is more problems during the day. With satisfaction guarantees, you can ensure you have a proper evaluation, viable explanations, and high quality work. If the service doesn’t meet certain standards, a guarantee will ensure that work is satisfactory.
Consider price. Budgets are always a part of the decision making process. However, be aware that if a price quote seems too good to be true, it probably is. Quality equipment comes at a price. You’ll either pay now or pay later in the form of repairs and replacement.
Are you in the market for a new water heater?