Water Heaters : Replace or Repair?

Water heater problems are never convenient and almost always costly. It can be hard to determine whether you should repair or replace your expensive appliance. Here are a few factors to consider when making your decision.

Water Heater’s Age

It is important to know the age of your water heater. Tank style water heaters usually last 10 years. If your water heater is coming up on the end of its life, it would be best to replace instead of repair.

Increased Water Heating Bills

Have you noticed that you need to turn your hot water shower dial further to get the same temperature of water? This is a sign that your water heater has become less energy efficient and is working harder to get the same results which could result in higher energy bills. Did you know that your water heater makes up approx 14% of your energy bill? This isn’t a small sign to ignore. It might be time and more cost efficient to get it replaced.

Rust and Corrosion

Most hot waters are made out of steel and will eventually rust. If you find rust or corrosion, it is a good indication that your tank is rusting and will need to be replaced. If it has started to rust and corrode, it is only a matter of time before it starts to leak.

Depending on where your water heater is located, replacing it right away can prevent thousands of dollars of water damage to your home.

Cost and Frequency of Repair

A good rule of thumb when debating repair or replacement is the 50% rule. If the repair costs 50% of what it would cost to replace your water heater, it is best to replace rather than repair.
However, if the repair doesn’t come to 50% of replacement cost, still consider the frequency of repairs and age of water heater when making your decision.

Still not sure? Call Hukill’s and have a professional come and take a look at your water heater.


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