Having a working water heater is an essential function for your home. Often, when problems arise, you are faced with a question: Repair or replace?
Deciding whether to repair or replace your water heater is dependent upon numerous factors including a diagnosis of the problem, your home’s needs, and cost effectiveness. Here are some helpful tips to help navigate water heater repair versus replacement.
Call in the Pros
First and foremost, it is important to bring in a professional opinion. When your water heater begins showing signs of dysfunction (i.e. the water is not heating correctly), you want to work with a professional company to assess the issue. This should give you an accurate description of what the problem is, allowing you to make the most informed choice moving forward.
When to Repair Your Water Heater
If you have an electric or gas water heater, and the professional assessment finds a specific part failure is causing the issue, it may be a good candidate for repair. If your water heater is fairly new and only has one part that is not functioning, having a water heater repair service replace the part can be the best and cheapest way to solve the problem.
We always recommend having a professional facilitate water heater repair instead of trying to complete them yourself to ensure repairs are up to code and done properly. Attempting repairs yourself can result in costly property damage, injury, or further damage to the unit.
Working with a water heater professional can help you determine the life expectancy of your water heater after repairs are made, which can help guide your decision and plan for possible water heater repairs or replacements in the future.
When to Replace Your Water Heater
Eventually, water heaters do need to be replaced once the life cycle of the appliance has been reached. Here are some telltale signs you may need to replace your water heater, instead of trying to have it repaired.
The first indication that you may need to have your water heater replaced, is if the appliance is more than 10 years of age, or if you are not sure when it was last replaced.
Over time, the performance of these appliances tends to decline, and they need to be repaired with increasing frequency. If you find that you need to make a series of water heater repairs in a short period of time, replacing the machine could be a more efficient and cost-effective option.
Some other signs it may be time to replace your water heater include any visible corrosion, or if the machine is leaking water. If your water heater has started to rust, the performance of the appliance is declining and will need to soon be replaced. Rust and corrosion is often accompanied by leaking, which can cause expensive water damage to your home. In the case or rust or leaking, water heater replacement is usually the best action to avoid spending more money on repairs and to avoid costly water damage.
No matter what you decide, working with a professional water heater company will ensure the repairs or replacement provides the best, and safest solution to get hot water back in your home. At Paragon, we service and install gas, electric, and tankless water heaters offering expert repairs and replacements.