Timely water heater repair & replacement is critical for homeowners. Your water heater is responsible for as much as 16 percent of your home’s energy usage, and that number increases when water heaters begin to lose their functionality. Some things that go wrong can be repaired, but other problems indicate that it may be time to replace your water heater. These useful tips will help you make that decision.
Watch Your Energy Bill
Older water heaters become less efficient for a variety of reasons, including sediment buildup on the water heater components and ordinary wear on the heating system. As the system loses efficiency, it takes longer for water to heat and more power to achieve the same temperature. The failing components can be replaced in some cases, but if your water heater is more than 10 or 15 years old, you should contact a plumber.
The 50 Percent Rule
This simple rule of thumb can be used in many areas of home repairs. The idea is that any time the cost to repair an item, including water heaters, is more than 50 percent of the cost to replace it then replacing the item is the best course of action. This rule of thumb can help you avoid thousands of dollars of repair bills for repeat rooter service for repairing similar damages and system failures.
Whether the cost of repair exceeds 50 percent or not, it is a good idea to replace the water heater if you find yourself making repairs to the plumbing system frequently. Each repair visit adds to the overall cost of maintaining your equipment, and several trips in a 90 day period indicate that you have a more serious underlying problem. Instead of throwing more and more money at repairs, have your household contractors replace the unit and be done with the problems. At some point, the water heater will break down completely, and you’ll run out of hot water.
Water Heater Age
Water heaters are not designed to last forever. Even tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of around 15 years, and ordinary tanked water heaters are only rated for around 10 years. By this time, the interior of the tanks has a lot of sediment buildup that prevents efficient water heating, and other components, including the thermostat, are nearing their expected failure point. If your water heater is 10 or more years old, replacing it will save you money in the long run.
Your water heater service should always be provided by plumbers who are licensed and insured. This provides you additional protection in the event of a leak or burst pipe while repairs are in progress, and assures you that the job is being performed by an experienced and reputable contractor.
Ehret Co. Plumbing & Heating — Water Heater Repair & Replacement
For assistance with your water heater, contact Ehret. Co Plumbing & Heating through our online contact form or call us at 510-528-4292. We provide professional and quality service for residential and commercial properties, and specialize in water heater repair & replacement service.