The water heater is the appliance that most homeowners use every day, usually all day. Whether traditional or tankless, gas or electric, or even solar, we rarely think about our home’s water heater when it works correctly.
That is until there’s no hot water! Suddenly, your routine, usually pleasant and comfortable, morning shower or evening bath turns into an absolute nightmare – what do you do?
While you may want to order an installation right then and there or start googling for solutions, many factors should be considered before making the final decision to repair or replace your water heater.
No Hot Water? That’s a Major Problem.
Let’s not underestimate the power of our water heaters. Without it, you won’t be able to run the dishwasher, finish up laundry, or even wash your hands comfortably.
No hot water is usually a telltale sign that something is wrong with your water heater and is usually associated with several other water heater problems, including:
- Leaking water heater tank
- Leaking gas valve or hose
- Malfunctioning or broken thermostat
- Inefficient tank size or improper installation
Additionally, water heater failure can lead to various problems throughout the home, including:
- Water damage
- Mold and mildew growth
- No hot water
- Unsafe water conditions
Should I Repair or Replace My Water Heater?
The ultimate decision you make usually depends on the specific hand of cards you’re dealt and requires a bit of research on your own, but it’s safe to assume that as long as the water heater is not too old, a repair can be attempted in efforts to restore its reliably. Repair is almost always worth a try!
Repairs Cost Less
Having your water heater repaired usually costs significantly less than purchasing a new one and having it installed. For this reason, our plumbers usually recommend attempting to have a repair completed in the first place, especially if the water heater is only a few years old.
If a repair is possible, it should be a simple fix! Clearing away sediment build-up or part replacements are some of the most common repairs seen – pretty simple if we say so ourselves!
Replacing May Cost More Upfront but Will Save You Money in The Long Run
If your water heater cannot be repaired, a replacement will be needed. While this upfront price may startle you at first, choosing to purchase a newer and more energy-efficient model will without a doubt save you money in the long run.
In fact, most new water heaters can save you anywhere from 20% to 60% on your monthly water bill.
Replacing Is a Better Option When Your Water Heater Is Old and Damaged
Depending on the type of problem your water heater is experiencing, the amount of damage that has occurred, or the age of your unit, you may have to bite the bullet and replace your home’s water heater.
Luckily, with a brand new, energy-efficient model, you’ll be able to avoid having future water heater problems, enjoy a more reasonable utility bill, and have a shower that stays hot the entire time!
What About Do It Yourself Water Heater Repair?
It’s best to leave it to the local plumbing professionals. While you may think that your water heater is like any other appliance in the home, it’s important to remember that they are complex.
Working on the wrong part, performing shoddy work, or just completing the wrong service can cause damage to your water heater, water damage around your home, and even put your home at risk of explosion!
When it Comes Down to Choosing Whether to Repair or Replace, Call a Plumber!
The final decision you make depends on the specific hand of cards you’re dealt and can require a bit of additional research on your own, but it’s safe to assume that as long as the water heater is not too old, a repair can be attempted in efforts to restore your home’s hot water supply.
Skip DIY & Turn to The Professionals
To preserve your property’s integrity and the overall reliability of hot water in the home, it’s best to call on a professional plumber to help you wade through the options and help you decide what’s best for your situation.
The team at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Yavapai, Coconino and Maricopa Counties takes the time to listen to your needs and deliver a service that ensures your plumbing is as reliable as it is efficient with high-quality work and exceptional customer service.
Get your water heater questions answered and schedule a free estimate – dial (888) 861-4344 today to get started!