Even the most well-maintained water heaters will develop problems and lose efficiency over time. When you experience problems, it’s worth considering whether repair or replacement is the best solution. Here are a few things you should think about when deciding between water heater repair versus replacement.

Water Heater Age

The average lifespan of a water heater tank is about 10 years, and about 20 for a tankless water heater. Though, that varies with the location and design of the unit, quality of installation, and maintenance. But usually, if your tank is up there in age and you haven’t been maintaining it, you should replace your unit rather than repair it. If your water heater is on the newer side, repairing it will be your best option.

Cost of Hot Water

How much you’re paying for your hot water can be a determining factor when it comes to hot water repair versus replacement. If you’ve noticed the cost of heating your home’s water increasing, that’s probably a sign your current water heater is losing efficiency. This could be due to a few factors, but one common reason is losing efficiency due to age that may not be addressed through repairs. The best solution for your home is the one that provides hot water at the lowest cost.

Cost of Repairs

The cost of a water heater repair can also help you decide whether it’s smarter financially to repair your unit or opt for a new one. Talk to your plumber technician about the cost of the repairs versus the cost of installing a new water heater. If the cost of the repair is equal or more than half the cost of installing a new heater, you should replace it. This will be more cost-effective for you, especially if that repair marks the beginning of many more expensive repairs for your water heater.

Effectiveness of Your Unit

Since your water heater was first installed, you and your family may have gone through some changes. You need to ask yourself if your water heater is still as effective now as it was then. Are you using the same amount of hot water? If you aren’t using the same, are you satisfied? Is there enough hot water to go around and is it heating up quickly enough?  If you’re having to stand around for the water to heat up or plan a shower schedule so everyone gets hot water, it’s probably time for a replacement.

Let Wyman Plumbing & Mechanical Help

Several factors can influence your decision to get your water heater repaired or replaced. Before you make that decision, talk to a knowledgeable plumbing technician. They will be able to assess your situation, run the numbers, and find the best solution to your problem.

Whether you need your water heater repaired or replaced, let Wyman Plumbing & Mechanical help you out! We can assist you with electric, gas, or tankless water heaters. Our plumbers are licensed, insured, and dedicated to giving you the highest level of service. While headquartered in North Phoenix, we proudly service the entire North Valley area and are ready to help you with your plumbing needs!

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