Families rely on their water heaters for a wide range of practical matters, and when it’s on the blink, life gets a lot harder.
This water heater repair guide will help you determine and resolve the issue, so your unit can be making hot water again soon, whether you do the work yourself or hire a plumbing contractor or appliance repair technician for the job.
If you call a pro, the service should take 30 to 90 minutes to troubleshoot the problem and make the repair. Installing a new gas water heater takes several hours.
The tips given here are different from electric water heater repair so check out our guide if that is what you are looking for.
This repair guide offers gas water heater repair tips you can use in a DIY project.
If you call a pro, the tips will help you discuss the issue in a knowledgeable way.
Along with the tips, we include the parts needed to make repairs as well as gas water heater repair costs. Finally, you’ll find a list of DIY resources that will prove helpful in locating the cause of the problem and getting it repaired.
The first tip is about safety: If you smell gas, leave your home immediately and call for emergency help! Never work around a gas appliance that might be leaking!
Here are tips for the various issues most common with gas water heaters.
1. There is No Hot Water
2. There is Insufficient Hot Water
3. The Pilot Won’t Light or Won’t Stay Lit
A bad thermocouple is the most common reason a pilot won’t light or stay lit, so try replacing it
4. The Water is Too Hot
5. The Burner Won’t Stay Lit
6. The Water is Discolored
Dark or rusty water is usually the result of a bad anode rod. The rod is a fairly quick and easy replacement. The old one is unscrewed and the new one installed in its place.
7. The T&P (temperature and pressure) Relief Valve is Leaking
8. The Water Tank is Leaking
Here’s a look at what you can expect the repair to set you back whether you do it yourself or call a professional.
DIY Gas Water Heater Repair: Most parts are not terribly expensive, and doing it yourself will save a significant amount of money. Keep in mind that gas presents an explosion danger, so take precautions and think “safety first.”
Professional Gas Hot Water Repair: Most appliance repair technicians and plumbers charge a minimum service fee of $75 to $150. That might cover very minor repairs, but expect more expensive parts to create a higher bill. A common gas water heater repair is $200 to $400.
Saving Money on Gas Water Heater Repair
If you’re not familiar with water heater repair, find a friend who might be or research the repair online.
When calling a professional for gas water heater repair, get several estimates for the job. Having a good idea of what is wrong with the unit will help.
Or, simply ask, “what is the cost of a replacement thermocouple…thermostat…gas valve assembly,” etc. Most pros don’t offer free estimates for gas water heater repairs, though some wave the service call fee if repairs are made.
Here’s additional help for these water heater repair issues.
Best Plumbing and Heating – This local plumbing contractor offers DIY water heater troubleshooting. Scroll down the page to find it and other helpful information such as water heater maintenance.
SteveJenkins.com – Here’s a blog with a good diagram of a water heater and information on how to replace a bad anode rod.
Crystal Blue Plumbing – Another local plumber provides a wealth of good information about maintaining and repairing gas water heaters including a video on draining and flushing the tank.
The Sunny Plumber – This plumber’s blog includes a post about whether to repair a water heater or replace it.