Should You Repair or Replace Your Water Heater?

It’s somewhat a challenge to the average homeowner to decide whether to repair or replace the water heater or other expensive appliances when they become problematic. The reason isn’t far-fetched – you wouldn’t want your wallet to take the hit!

However, to avoid experiencing that first icy shower or giant puddle in your basement, it is highly recommended that you take proactive action to replace or repair your water heater.

To help you make that all-important decision, Just Water Heaters has elucidated three factors to consider in this article, so relax, take a cup of coffee and have a pleasant read.

Evaluate the severity of the problem

Though water heaters are built to be strong and highly efficient by the manufacturers, with time, they can develop minor to major faults. If you encounter problems like:

  • Frequent tripping off of the pilot light of the gas water heater
  • Failure of burner or heating element
  • Malfunctioning of the thermostat
  • Circuit breaker trips
  • Leaky drain valve or pressure relief valve
  • Valve sticks or no hot water

The best approach is to call an expert plumber at Just Water Heaters to evaluate and fix the problem in no time.

However, if the water heater tank is leaking and corroded, you’ve got no option than to replace. When you give us a call, we will recommend the best tank based or tankless water heater in the market in terms of efficiency and energy-saving.

The age of your water heater

Excessive usage and age are factors that deteriorate the efficiency of both storage and tankless water heaters.

The average lifespan of the storage water heater is 10 to 15 years while that of the tankless units are 19 to 20 years. Therefore, if the age of your unit is above the aforementioned, then you should consider replacing it with another water heater.

To enjoy high efficiency and also save on energy costs, we recommend you forget the conventional storage units and go for tankless water heaters with Energy Star standards.

Increased heating bills and frequency of repair

Are you experiencing high heating bills, lack of hot water or frequent issues with your unit; it’s better to do a cost-benefit analysis to determine whether it will be more economical to continue paying for water heater repairs or getting a new unit?

If your records are available, check the expense on repairs for the past year to determine whether it's up to 50% of the cost of hot water heater replacement. If so, stop calling for repairs and replace the water heater.

Consider changing your repair technician

Since the current technician has not come up with a lasting solution for your water heater, its better you give a more experienced and versatile tech expert from Just Water Heaters a chance.

We will come and evaluate the condition of the unit and give you expert recommendation on what to do. We don’t encourage homeowners to keep throwing money away on repairs when there are more efficient and affordable units out there.

Call Just Water Heaters today and have the peace of mind that your water heart challenges will be a thing of the past.