A simple repair is sometimes a great way to extend the life of the water heater in your Toano, Virginia, home. On the other hand, a repair doesn’t always permanently fix the problem. As a result, you’re left with even more repairs. This makes you wish you had spent your money on a replacement. The water heater is an appliance you’ll want to give careful consideration when deciding between a replacement or a repair.

Aging System

First determine the age of your unit. Generally, a unit with a tank will last around 10 years, while a tankless unit can last up to 20 years. If your water heater is nearing its predicted end of life or already past it, the smart decision is to replace it. This especially applies if the repair is going to cost more than 50 percent of what it’ll cost to replace it.

Higher Energy and Water Bills

Do you have to turn the shower dial more than you normally do to get the same temperature? If so, this is a sign that the water heater is losing its efficiency. The system will work hard trying to accommodate your water temperature preference. It’ll push itself. As a result, it’ll use more energy trying to heat the water. With your water heater making up about 14 percent of your total energy bill, this isn’t something you want to ignore. Replacing the appliance is probably the smartest choice in this situation.

More Frequent Repairs

A simple and inexpensive repair here and there shouldn’t alarm you or cause you to run out and buy a new water heater. If you notice the repairs becoming more frequent and costly, though, you’ll want to weigh a couple of factors. Otherwise, you risk wasting energy and money.

Is your water heater nearing its end of life or breaking down regularly? If so, contact Kearney & Sons at 757-269-9589. We can perform an inspection to determine if a repair or replacement makes the most sense.

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