Water Heater Problems? Is It Time To Replace It?


If you are having problems with your water heater you may be wondering if you should get it repaired or if it is time to install a new water heater. Below is information that will help you decide which is best for you, as well as types of water heaters available as a replacement.

Repair Water Heater

In some cases, it is best to repair your water heater as this will save you a great deal of money. There are a few parts that commonly go out that are not difficult to repair. For example, the heating element or the burner assembly can go out over time. Other components that can be replaced include the igniter, thermostat, valves, and thermocouples. 

You also have to consider the age of your water heater, as if it is less than 8 to 10 years old then you should consider repair. If your water heater is older than this, then replacement should be considered. Also, if you have not properly maintained the unit in the past replacement may be the best option. You also need to consider if your water heater is still under warranty.

Replace Water Heater

Some water heater repairs are very expensive and not worth paying the price when compared to the price of a new water heater. For example, the gas control valve is an expensive repair. If your water heater is leaking water, replacement is necessary. Installing the water heater element in an electric water heater is another expensive repair. The heating element is what heats your water. 

If you are constantly having problems with your water heater replacement may be the best option. For example, if you constantly have problems with water pressure, water not being hot enough, or if you notice your water bills have become much higher, you should replace the water heater. All these problems are usually due to an older water heater.

Types of Water Heaters

If you decide to replace your water heater you will find there are different types available. First, there is the traditional water heater with a large storage tank that you may currently have installed in your home.

Tankless water heaters are also available, which are much smaller when compared to traditional water heaters. This is because the water heater uses no tank. Instead of a tank, heated coils are used to heat the water as you need it. This means the water is not sitting there constantly being heated as it is with a traditional water heater. Instead, when you turn on a faucet the heating coils heat the water immediately and sends the water to the faucet. Once the faucet is turned off the heating coils stop heating. This is why you often hear a tankless water heater referred to as an on-demand water heater. 

Talk to the salesperson where you purchase your new water heater and they can give you information about other types of water heaters available. 

For more information, contact a company like Scott's Heating & Air Conditioning Services.


20 November 2019

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