When it comes to plumbing and heating repairs, there are really just two ways to do it. It’s either you do it yourself or you have a plumber and/or HVAC technician do it for you. But if you ask us, we think that you should go for the latter option, unless if you have experience doing plumbing and heating repairs yourself.
What is plumbing? It’s a system that makes the different parts of your home, specifically, the kitchen, the bathroom – and if you have one, a washing machine room – work. Plumbing systems are not complicated. However, they need to be regularly maintained and more, importantly, to be installed right the first time.
You will need a plumber if your dishwasher springs a leak or if the faucet is not working. You will also need to call one if your toilet doesn’t flush.
On the other hand, you will need a heating technician if you need to have your heater replaced or fixed. Unlike plumbing systems which are uncomplicated, the way your heating system works could be anywhere from simple to smart, depending on the brand you use. It is always a good idea to call a technician that has experience in handling different types of heater.
If you need either a plumber or a heating technician, the easiest way to find one is to do a search on Google for “plumber” or “heating technician” plus the name of your local area. If you need someone who is available 24/7 because something broke in the middle of the night, add the word “emergency” in your search.
Like anything else, you do NOT want to hire the first person that comes up in the search results. We really do not need to tell you, but not all plumbers and heating technicians are created alike. And while they are all qualified to work jobs, not all of them offer the same level of customer service. What you want to do is to find one who offers a work satisfaction guarantee. Work guarantee means that the plumber or heating technician will not stop until the job has been done properly.
How much does it cost to hire a plumber? Plumbers, on the average, are paid $20 per hour in the United States. Hopefully, the plumber you hire will not take more than two hours to get the job done.
On the other hand, furnace or heating repair is more expensive. You can expect to pay at least $60 for a simple job. However, most homeowners spend between $135 to $244 on repairs. How much you actually pay depends on the cause of the damage and the extensiveness of the work that needs to be done to fix your heater.
However, you can save money on repair jobs by upgrading your plumbing and heating system if you have an old house. If your house is new, regular maintenance and proper use of related appliances can prevent any need for repair jobs.