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Water Heater: Repair vs. Replacement

Posted on February 4th, 2015

The average homeowner rarely thinks about their water heater. That is, until they’re suddenly taking a cold shower or dealing with a basement flood. And in that moment, it’s time to make a decision: Repair or replacement?

First, consider the age of your water heater. According to Lowes, the average water heater will last 8 to 12 years. However, this number will vary depending on factors like weather and quality of installation. For example, due to Arizona’s hard water, a water heater in our area may only last 5 to 8 years. Generally speaking, if your unit is more than 10 years old, it might be time to replace it.

Next, decide whether or not repair costs are reasonable. If you’ll need to spend less than 50 percent of the cost of a new water heater, then a repair may be worth it. That’s just a rule of thumb — use your best judgment to decide what’s too expensive.

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Lastly, think about energy efficiency. Even if your trusty water heater has never steered you wrong before, upgrading could result in significant annual energy savings. In fact, your energy savings alone could pay for a new water heater over a few years.

Other considerations when choosing to repair or replace your water heater:

  • Do you have a warranty?
  • Do you like your current unit?
  • Do you have difficulty finding replacement parts?

Need to repair or replace your water heater? You can count on Plumbing Medic! Call us today:

(602) 649-6435

Plumbing Medic can install and repair gas water heaters, electric water heaters, tankless water heaters, hybrid water heaters and even solar water heaters. For more tips, like us on Facebook and follow us on Google+ and Twitter.

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