Your water heater is one of the main comforts in your home, providing hot water for tubs, showers, and appliances. When it breaks down, you need prompt water heater repair. But sometimes, it’s more effective just to replace the unit entirely. Knowing some plumber’s tips can help you decided between repair and replacement.
Signs You Need Water Heater Replacement
It’s common for leaks to develop in the pipes and joints surrounding your water heater. But a leak in the tank itself cannot be easily repaired. If you notice dripping water, look for the source. If you can’t find it or it’s coming from the water heater, talk to your plumber about a potential replacement.
Similarly, if the water tank is corroded, it cannot be easily repaired. Check your anode rod often to help prevent rust and deterioration. If you notice your hot water is dirty or rusty, try flushing the tank to remove the sediment. If the water is still rusty, you need a new water heater.
If your water heater is failing to warm water correctly, check for any obvious causes, like a pilot light which has gone out or an electrical line which is disconnected. If none of these issues apply, you’ll need a plumber to find the source of the problem. Some fixes are more difficult than others, so depending on the exact reason your water heater has failed, you may either repair or replace it.
Time for an Upgrade
If your water heater is more than about 10 years old, or if it doesn’t have the function and efficiency features you want, it makes sense to replace it with a newer model. There are a number of energy efficient options on the market with the EnergyStar certification which will supply as much hot water as you need while minimizing your power bill.
If it’s time to repair or replace your water heater, call Joe Klosterman Plumbing in Cincinnati, OH. Serving the Tri-State area for 35 years, this premier plumbing company offers the expertise of licensed master plumbers for construction, installation, repairs, and maintenance. To make an appointment, call (513) 941-6766 or send a message online.