Do I need a plumber or an electrician?

(5 Posts)
Littleorangetree Fri 04-Apr-14 21:32:45

Hello. Bit of a daft question, but I have a pretty bog standard electric boiler for my hot water and it's not working. I think(!) it's the heating element that's gone in the hot water tank. Should I phone an electrician or a plumber to come and sort it out? (Or is there any way I could try and fix it myself??)

mummylin Fri 04-Apr-14 21:40:50

My dh is an electrician and says you should call a plumber. Hth

Littleorangetree Sat 05-Apr-14 19:46:21

Thanks mummylin! :-)

MoonRover Sat 05-Apr-14 19:48:17

I'd go for a heating engineer.

Meanwhile is the pilot light on and do you have an immersion switch?

PigletJohn Sun 06-Apr-14 01:07:02

I think you are talking about a hot water cylinder that is fitted with an immersion heater. It is not a boiler or a tank.

Ask around friends and neighbours for a recommended local plumber, preferably an experienced, wrinkly one. Old immersion heaters can be very difficult to get out without damaging the cylinder, but there are tricks of the trade.

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