No one typically expects their water heater to fail. It’s one of those things that you forget about until you need it serviced or replaced. But, like any equipment, it has a limited lifespan, so it is essential to know who to call for water heater repair when needed. 

It’s tempting to try and fix a water heater yourself, but you should leave it to the pros. Attempting DIY repairs can result in irreparable damage or even personal injury.

Plumber or Electrician?

Who does the water heater repair? Plumbers are specially trained to tackle difficulties caused by wear and tear or specialized breakage in this situation. As part of their training, they received instruction on water repair difficulties. It includes electrical wiring, pipes, heating components, gas lines, and anode rods. 

After all, not every issue with a water heater is caused by the heater itself. Sometimes the difficulty you’re experiencing indicates a more significant problem with your residence. This is frequently found in the electrical supply, which your plumber would need to familiarize themselves with. In such instances, you should contact an electrician.

Problems That Require an Electrician

As previously said, an electrician will be the most appropriate solution if your problem arises from a more significant issue with your electrical wiring.

Some signs of this type of problem include:

  • Water heaters often trip circuit breakers, resulting in power outages in certain portions of the house.
  • Any locking unit that is locked or overheated indicates an electrical failure.
  • Notable loose wiring within the heating unit itself.

Problems That Require the Services of a Plumber

If you don’t require electrical repairs, plumbers must be capable of fixing the issue independently.

Whenever one of the following conditions appears, contact your local plumber:

  • Your water heater is whistling or producing other strange noises.
  • Rusty water spills from the heater.
  • Little pressure or no hot water.
  • Test light that will not illuminate.

Who Installs A Water Heater?

A plumber can install a new water heater that looks similar to the old one and uses the same type of electrical or gas supply. The plumbing contractor should also be able to handle any venting changes you would like in your gas-powered water heater, unlike another person who may not have experience with these devices.

If your water heater is old and needs to be replaced, a plumber can give you an estimate of the cost and do the installation. If you have questions about how to choose a new water heater or whether it’s time for an upgrade, contact a local plumbing contractor for advice.


A simple repair may suffice or require a new water heater. It can and will fail due to negligence or plain wear and tear. And, because most of us aren’t plumbers or electricians, we often don’t spot a problem until it’s too late. At New Flow Plumbing, we have trained and experienced plumbers in tankless and tank water heaters. We can help you determine if your water heater needs repair or replacement and assist you in finding the best solution for your home.


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