When to Replace a Hot Water Heater

The heating and cooling industry has seen a tremendous amount of innovation and new technology just over the last ten years. This is why installers and comfort technicians at Mauger Energy, Plotts’ Energy and Aabbots Energy attend training classes so as to keep up with the latest changes in equipment as well as industry-wide shifts in best practices.

There are a number of parts that can fail on a water heater which can be replaced easily without having to replace the entire unit. Assuming that a water heater is otherwise satisfying the need of the household, repairing is usually the most preferred option for homeowners and contractors alike. When, however, should you actually think to replace a water heater?

New models are up to 20% more efficient and can save up to $700 in energy costs over the life of the unit. However, if your water heater is only a few years old, repair may be the way to go. If the issue is a failed thermostat or burner, repair is likely the way to go. If there is a leak, chances are you are looking at replacement, however. Your water has minerals in it that can, over time, cause corrosion in your water heater. This can lead to rust and ultimately failure in the wall of the tank. At this point, repair is not an option.

Another instance in which replacement is often recommended is in cases where an older smaller water heater simply is not satisfying the needs of the household. For example, you bought a house when it was just you, your spouse, one small child and one small water heater. Several years later, it is you, your spouse many children who require showers and clean laundry…and one small water heater. Now, may be the time to consider a new or additional unit.

Whatever the needs of your household, a team member from the Mauger & Co. family of businesses can help you find a solution that fits your home and your budget. Call us today to find out more about water heater repair vs replacement.