Is it Time to Replace My Water Heater or Just Repair it?

February 28, 2021

So, maybe it’s clear that something is wrong with your water heater, but you’re on the fence about whether you should call someone in to have it repaired or if it is time to replace the entire unit. How do you know which option to choose? We’ve got some advice on how to tell if you should repair or replace your water heater.


Is Your Water Heater Getting Old?

If your water heater is experiencing issues but is only a few years old, simply have it repaired. But if it is nearing the end of its lifespan and has been acting up, it may be more cost-effective to get a new one instead of repairing a unit that is close to the end of its life anyway. Conventional hot water tanks have a life expectancy of about 10 years. Depending on the type of water heater you have, think about whether it is nearing the end of its lifespan and choose to either repair or replace accordingly.


Have You Had Many Repairs Done Lately?

Have you had to repair your water heater more than once recently? If so, this might be a sign that your water heater is going to continue to have issues and is close to failing altogether. If this is the case, the best thing to do is to cut your losses and replace your water heater now rather than paying for a ton of repairs and then having to replace your unit relatively soon anyway.


Is Your Heating Bill More Expensive for No Apparent Reason?

Have you noticed a recent increase in your monthly water heating bill with no obvious cause? That may mean that your water heater is not working as efficiently as it used to. This happens when water heaters get older and begin to deteriorate. On its own, this is not necessarily an indication that you need to replace your water heater, but if it is coupled with either of the above occurrences, it’s probably time to upgrade to a new, more efficient unit.

If you are ready to replace your water heater or if you need some repairs done, trust John Sadler’s team of experts to get the job done right.


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