Should I Repair or Replace My Water Heater?
Repairing or replacing a water heater depends on multiple factors and isn’t always obvious. Considerations include:
- The age of the water heater
- Frequency and cost of repairs
- Presence of rust in your water
- Strange noises coming from the water heater
In this post, we’ll discuss these factors in detail to help you determine whether repair or replacement is the better choice for your home.
Your Water Heater Is Over 10 Years Old
Eight to 10 years is the typical life span for a water heater. Beyond that, the chance of leaks or failures increases significantly. Without sufficient professional maintenance, sediment can accumulate in the water heater’s tank. The result is reduced operating efficiency and higher operating costs. Replacing the water heater will increase energy efficiency and lower your utility bills.
Your System Needs Frequent, Costly Repairs
If your water heater system requires frequent repairs, or if those repairs add up to as much as half of the cost of a new water heater, it’s probably time for a new one.
Signs of Rust
Is the water rusty when you turn on the hot water from your taps? Tank-based water heaters are usually steel and can develop rust over time. On the other hand, many older homes may have pipe systems that could be the source of the rust. You’ll need a professional inspection to determine whether the source of the rust is the pipes or the water heater. Replacing the water may be your best option if the source is the water heater.
Does Your Water Heater Make Unusual Noises?
Your water heater is an essential plumbing system, not a musical instrument. Creaks, pops, clunks, or bangs aren’t a normal part of its operation and should be examined for diagnosis by a professional. If the repair is costly and the water heater is near the end of its life span, consider replacing the entire unit.
Schedule Water Heater Services With McQuillan Home Services
McQuillan Home Services is a family-owned and –operated one-stop shop for all your home service needs. Our expert plumbers offer a full range of water heater services, including installation, maintenance, replacement, and repair.
For over 135 years, we’ve built a reputation for honest work and fair prices. Our customers can expect old-school professionalism and 100% satisfaction guaranteed on our work with a warranty on unit replacements. We’re licensed, insured, and service all brands. Our highly trained and certified specialists have passed extensive background checks and have the tools and skills to solve any HVAC or plumbing problem.
To schedule water heater replacement or repair from McQuillan Home Services, call us today or contact us online