HOW MUCH DOES HOT WATER REPAIR COST?
Our hot water systems are so reliable, years go by and we don’t give them a second thought. Then one morning, we step into the shower, turn on the water and wait in vain for the hot water to arrive. That’s when we know how important hot water is to us. If you, like most haven’t had to pay for hot water repairs for years, you’re probably wondering how much the repairs are going to cost. Read on to learn more.
Hot Water System Repair Services
Most hot water systems are either gas or electric. Solar and solar-assisted systems are becoming increasingly popular, too, as are instantaneous hot water systems. Whatever type of system you have, a qualified hot water system repair service can fix it for you. These professional services carry most major parts with them in their vans and can quickly access any other parts they may need to carry out repairs for you.
If hot water repairers have one complaint about their customers, it’s that we don’t pay enough attention to the warning signs that tell us our hot water systems are in need of repair. Some of the warning signs to look for include:
- Discoloured water
- Leaks from the hot water system
- Diminished performance
- Prematurely running out of hot water
Rather than paying attention to these signs, too many of us wait until that day when there’s no hot water at all and then call for emergency repairs. Emergency hot water repairs cost far more than maintenance repairs. Not only is the call out fee higher, more parts may be needed or the system might even be beyond repair and need replacing. When it’s an emergency, you don’t have time to get competitive quotes, either.
How Much Does Hot Water Repair Cost?
Only licensed professionals are allowed by law to carry out hot water repairs. A full service repairer will be a licensed plumber/gasfitter and may have also had training in the repair of solar hot water systems. If you take the time to get quotes first, hot water repairs should cost about the same as any service a licensed plumber/gasfitter would carry out. Plumbers usually charge $60-$90 per hour, but a call-out fee of $50 to $85 will probably be charged regardless of how long they stay.
In most cases, hot water repairs can be carried out fairly quickly and the cost of parts is minimal. On average, hot water repairs should cost between $140 and $200. If replacement parts are needed, they might cost $30-$50 more. When they’re finished, you can go back to enjoying your hot water again, but this time, don’t take it for granted. If you need an emergency repair and don’t have time to get quotes, your next repair bill could be $500 or more.