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Is it Worth it to Repair My Water Heater?


Your water heater is on the fritz. They’re not exactly cheap to replace, so you come to search for an exact price on how much it’s going to cost. The problem is, there’s no way to tell you exactly how much it’ll cost you from a blog post. That’s something that a technician can only assess after inspecting your water heater.

Even though we can’t give exact costs on water heater repair in Toledo, OH without an inspection, we can still help you find out whether or not your water heater is worth repairing, or if it needs to be kicked to the curb.

Your Water Heater Is at Least 10 Years Old

Storage tank water heaters only last for 10-15 years. We know five years is a long margin for error, but it depends on factors such as water hardness, maintenance, and in some cases, the known quality of the water tank manufacturer.

If your water heater has been around for 10 years, it’s good to be wary of it and watch for signs of failure. Older water heaters tend to run into problems more often than newer units, so you could be looking at increased repair frequency. At that point, it may be wiser to replace it with a new unit.

Your Water Bills Are Rising

Maybe your water heater still works, but you notice your water bill is going up without any correlation in use. You take the same number of showers and run the dishwasher the same number of times, but it’s costing you more for some reason.

Your water heater uses energy to keep water hot and ready. When it loses efficiency, it uses more power than it should (and definitely more than it used to).

If you notice a sharp spike in your bill and not just a few dollars here and there, it could mean that your water heater is in danger of imminent failure. You should have it inspected to be sure.

You’re Facing the 50% Rule

If a water heater repair bill costs 50% of the price of a new water heater, it’s time to replace your unit. Your old water heater was valiant, but its time is done.

Even if you pay a large repair bill like this, it won’t be enough to renew the lifespan of your water heater. There are some parts that just wear down over time that can’t be properly repaired or replaced.

Be honest with yourself about the state of your water heater and if it’s truly time for a replacement.

Repair or Replacement, That is the Question

If you aren’t sure whether or not you want to replace a storage tank water heater every 10-15 years, consider making the switch to a tankless water heater. They can last for 20+ years with proper maintenance and reduce the total number of replacements you’ll encounter as a homeowner.

If there’s still hope for your current water heater, it’s time to call for repairs and get as much out of it as possible before it runs its course.

Contact AW Heating & Cooling today to schedule your water heater repair as soon as possible.

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