The cost difference between water heater repair & replacement may seem daunting, but the truth is that repair costs can outweigh the cost of a new water heater if they become a frequent occurrence. Here are some critical factors to look at when trying to decide whether the time has come to make that replacement.
Most water heaters are only expected to last about 15 years before water heater repair & replacement becomes an issue. Under the right conditions, you may get as long as 20, but that would be pushing the limit and risking a major plumbing problem. For the best results, changing the water heater at around 12 years is recommended.
The quality of your hot water at the tap may deteriorate toward the end of the water heater’s span. The components that heat the water and the container tank itself may rust or corrode over time, contributing to residue in the water you use.
Reduced Water Temperature
The heating element will fail on rare occasions, and it collects a thick coating of minerals over time that can inhibit proper water heating. If the water usage has remained stable but the amount of hot water seems to be shrinking, you may need to have the water heater’s thermostat or heating element replaced. These are relatively inexpensive repairs and rarely need to be done more than once.
Metal tanks will eventually rust or lose integrity under pressure. If you notice water leaking out of the unit, replacement is probably your only alternative. You may also hear hissing or squealing noises if the leak is very small. Tank failure is rare, but it does happen more frequently in older water heaters. Replacing water heaters before they leak can prevent additional costs related to water leaks such as floor or ceiling damage.
Rising Energy Costs
When a water heater is not functioning properly, it uses more energy to maintain expected performance. If your energy bills seem to be rising for no reason, it is probably a good idea to schedule a home inspection, and water heaters are a common culprit.
Thermostats, valves, and heating elements are easily accessible and not expensive to replace. Most homeowners will never replace more than one or two of these items, but as water heaters begin to fail, one bad component can lead to other problems. Water heaters can be replaced quickly and eliminate the costs associated with multiple repair bills.
Ehret Co. Plumbing & Heating
Ehret Co. Plumbing & Heating provides 24/7 household plumbing services for homes and multifamily buildings. We pride ourselves on our professional and quality work. Contact us through our online contact form or call us at 510-528-4292 for residential plumbing services any time, any day of the week.