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Should You Repair or Replace Your Water Heater?

shower-steam-hotNot again. You’ve turned on the hot water in the shower and waited patiently for it to heat up, only to be stuck with a cold shower. This isn’t something anyone can put up with for long, nor should they have to. Of course, the first thing you do is double check that you’ve paid gas and electric. After you’ve ensured burners and appliances are working, you might start to worry.

Will you have to replace your water heater? We hope not, but it’s certainly a possibility. However, many water heater repairs are relatively simple—as long as you call the right team. Only allow an experienced contractor to work on your water heater, and read on to find out whether your water heater might be repaired.

Common Water Heater Repairs

Here are a couple of the common water heater repairs we’ve seen lately.

  • A leak from the temperature-and-pressure valve – Most likely, this will only need to be replaced, and it’s a fairly small and inexpensive part.
  • Sediment at the bottom of the tank – Mineral content in the water heater may create a rumbling noise from the tank along with a pressure imbalance, and it could wear down the bottom of the tank. Many water heaters in areas with hard water need flushing every year.
  • Broken dip tube – The pipe that brings cold water into the tank could crack, allowing cold water to seep into the hotter part of the tank, leading to your temperature troubles. The dip tube will need replacement.

As you can see, it’s quite possible that your water heater will only need a repair. However, there is a chance that your water heater is done for.

So Is There Hope for Your Water Heater?

You may have to call in a plumber to know for sure. Water heaters only have a lifespan of about 10-15 years, so after this point, a water heater replacement could be your best bet—although a technician might find a way to repair it. However, there is one sure sign that your water heater is done for.

If there is a leak coming from the tank itself—not from a pipe or a valve on the side of the tank—it may be corroding. That means a repair simply won’t do the trick. You cannot fix a tank that is rusting and corroding from the inside out. However, a replacement water heater could be a good thing!

New Water Heater Installations to Consider

If your water heater does need replacement, it doesn’t have to be bad news. Sure, replacing a water heater right now might not seem like something you’d like to do, financially, but in the long run you could save money. That is, as long as you choose an efficient water heater for your home.

Your new tank water heater should be sized for your family and lifestyle. You can look at the first-hour rating (FHR) to find out how much hot water is available during the busiest hour of the day for your water heater. In addition, the Energy Factor (EF) helps you to find the most efficient water heater for your money. The higher this number, the more you save.

VOGT Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing offers plumbing and water heater services in Minnetonka, MN. Call us today!

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