The best way to keep your water heater operating efficiently and effectively is with regular, professional maintenance. This is also the best way to keep the need for water heater repair service to a minimum. Even with regular maintenance service, though, your water heater will likely experience some problem during its lifespan that will require professional repair service. When this happens there are two thing you can do to ensure that there is as minimal damage to your water heater – and budget – as possible. First, you must call to schedule repair service as soon as you are aware of the problem. Secondly you must be sure that the service provider you contact to handle your water heater repairs is qualified and dependable.