Water heater

Do You Need a New Water Heater or Just a Repair?

If you’re like most people, you don’t think about your water heater too often. Most people don’t think about them until they start to give out and are confronted with a morning with an icy shower. When the water heater starts to go or appears to fail, you need to figure out what you should do next.

Are you going to buy a new water heater, or will you repair the one you already have? The answer to this question will vary based on quite a few factors. Naturally, you want to choose an option that will be cost-effective. While this might seem like repair… that’s not always the case.

How Long Do Water Heaters Last?

First, you’ll want to get an idea of how long the water heaters tend to last. For most models, it will be between eight and 10 years. Some can last longer than this, but they start to wear down at that point and they may start to need constant repairs. When you have an older water heater, it’s generally a good idea to replace it rather than keep it, as it will often be cheaper in the long run.

When To Repair the Water Heater

Sometimes, repairs will be the better solution. If you have a water heater that’s still in good condition, and the repairs are relatively simple, it could be a better idea to have someone come and fix it.

Some simple malfunctions that can be fixed include broken thermostats tripped circuit breakers, a pilot light that goes out, or faulty elements and burners. If you have bigger problems, but your water heater is still under warranty, it makes more sense to have it repaired. In those cases, the costs of the repair should be covered by the manufacturer.

When to Replace the Water Heater

If you no longer have a warranty and the water heater is getting old, you will likely want to replace it. The same is true if you have a serious leak no matter how old the tank might be.

Always do a cost assessment when you are determining whether you should opt for repair or a replacement. Keep in mind that when you choose a newer water heater, it’s often possible to find those that will be more energy efficient. This could help you save on your energy bills.

If you have any questions, please contact Elk Grove Village Sewer & Plumbing. We are more than happy to help you with your water heater.


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