Should You Repair or Replace Your Water Heater?

A broken water heater is one of the most common issues we send our plumbing technicians out to fix. Very often, the homeowner is uncertain when they make the call whether they will need to replace the unit, or if it will be possible to repair their water heater.

As you might expect, the best way to know for sure whether you need to repair or replace your water heater is to have an expert plumber on the scene to look at the situation. It’s hard to diagnose any plumbing problem accurately over the phone, without actually seeing the leak or fixture in question.

However, water heaters are fairly simple machines. There are only so many things that can possibly go wrong with a traditional residential gas or electric water heater. Generally speaking, if your water heater is leaking, you should plan on purchasing an entirely new unit.

If it’s simply not producing hot water, we may be able to resolve it for you without replacing the unit. Non-replacement problems range from very minor (for example, if the pilot light has blown out on a gas unit, or a circuit breaker has flipped on an electric one) to more serious, but still repairable (the heating element has failed or the thermostat needs replacement).

That said, even if it is possible to repair your water heater, it may not be advisable. If your water heater is more than 10 years old, it’s nearing the end of it’s expected lifecycle. The money you’ll save in impending repairs, as well as the money you’ll save in efficiency on a newer water heater, might make replacement the better choice.

If your water heater isn’t working, call Dauenhauer, any hour. Our friendly plumbing technicians will be right out to diagnose and fix the problem.