Should I Repair Or Replace My Water Heater?

Monday, April 25th, 2022
frequently asked questions about commercial HVACR

When your water heater starts acting up, the choice of whether to repair or replace it can be a difficult one. Most water heaters have a lifespan of around 10 years, and will typically start showing signs when it’s time to replace it. Repairing a one that’s on its last leg can be an expensive and frustrating endeavor, as it may only delay the inevitable. Keep reading to learn more about the factors you should consider when deciding whether to repair or replace.

When To Repair

If your water heater is fairly new and under warranty, repair is usually the best option. Many repairs can be easily and affordably performed by a qualified technician.

Even if yours is out of warranty, repair may still be the best option. If the problem is a simple one, such as a faulty thermostat or sediment buildup, repair may be all that’s needed to get it functioning properly again. Other issues that can be usually be repaired include:

  • Leaking around the base of the tank
  • A pilot light that won’t stay lit
  • Not enough hot water
  • Water that’s too hot or not hot enough
  • Making weird noises

When To Replace

If your water heater is more than 10 years old, and it’s giving you trouble, replacement might be the best option. Even if it’s still working, an old one may not be as efficient as a newer model. This means that you could be paying more for your water and energy than you need to. Replacing yours before it breaks down also prevents the inconvenience and expense of dealing with a sudden loss of hot water. Signs that it’s time to replace your water heater include:

  • Frequent repair needs
  • Water that’s discolored or has an unusual smell
  • Rusting on the tank

Although replacing a water heater can be expensive, it will ultimately save you money in the long run. A new water one will be more efficient and will last longer, so you won’t have to worry about repair or replacement for many years to come.

Need Water Heater Repairs?

If you’re experiencing any issues with your water heater, contact us here at Allen’s Tri-State Mechanical Inc.! We offer plumbing services in Amarillo, the Texas Panhandle, and the wider Tri-State area. Give us a call today at (806) 376-8345, contact us via email, or stop by our location at 404 S. Hayden St. in Amarillo, Texas.