Replacing vs. Repairing Your Water Heater

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In need of replacing or repairing your water heater?

Whether you have a conventional water heater or a newer system, you may be faced with the decision one day of whether you should repair or replace your water heater.

To make this decision, there are several factors you should consider. Read on for a detailed list of things you should assess before making a decision on whether you should purchase a new water heater system or stick with your old one.

Age of the Water Heater

According to a study that was conducted by, gas water heaters usually only last up to about a decade while tankless water heaters can last 20 or more years.

The thing is, the majority of people throughout the United States, including homeowners and business owners, still use conventional gas or electric water heaters.

Electric water heaters can last longer than a gas heater but you still need to weigh everything out before making a decision.

If your water heater has many years on it, it could be nearing the end of its lifespan. It would be a great idea to go ahead and replace it instead of spending money on costly repairs that may not ensure it will last much longer anyway.

If a water heater is not that old, repairing it will definitely cost less than purchasing a new one and that may very well be the better option to go with you and your family or your business.

Increase in Water Bills

If you notice things, such as needing to turn the nob for your shower a little further each time, this could mean that your water heater has become less energy efficient and it is taking longer for the water to heat.

This means there is more wear and tear on your water heater. It has to work harder and longer to get the same results as it used to. This can add up to dollar signs when it comes to your heating bills.

Your water heater makes up between 15 and 20 percent of your total energy bill, so if it is not working properly, it is something you need to deal with right away.

If your water heater is older or no longer produces hot water at the same speed and level that it once did, it may very well be more cost-effective for you to replace it rather than repairing it.

The Cost of Repairs and How Often They are Needed

You should also look at how much the quotes are to repair your water heater. There is a simple 50 percent rule that many people follow when it comes to whether or not to replace their water heater or simply repair it.

This rule dictates that if repair costs total 50 percent or more of the same cost it would take to replace the water heater, the water heater should just be replaced and repairs not attempted.

Call upon the water heaters professionals at Contact Ace Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning in Sacramento today to help you in assessing your situation to determine if you need a new water heater or want your original one repaired!