Water Heater Maintenance
No one likes to have a cold shower. If your hot water tank stops functioning you may need a new Water Heater Maintenance or Water Heater Replacement. The most common signs that you may have a trouble water heater are:
- Not enough hot water or no hot water
- Foul smelling water
- Leaking water tank
- Temperature fluctuations
- Dirty or cloudy water
- Air bubbles in water
- Not enough water for all family members
Most of these problems are repaired easily by our High Mark Service Group technician. If your unit has multiple issues, replacing your unit may be advisable.
How Long Does A Water Heater Last?
The normal lifespan of a Water Heater depends on the type you have in your home. You can expect a water heater to have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. As a rule of thumb, electric water heaters will last 2 years longer than a gas water heater.
Gas heated models do have the benefit of being more economical and environmentally friendly. The downside of gas models is that there are more components and more possibility of breakdowns.
Repair vs Replace
The question of whether to repair vs replacing your water heater can be a hard thing to determine. You have to weigh if the extra cost of doing a replacement is beneficial in the long term, or do you just do a repair.
There are 3 main factors to take into account:
Age Of Water Heater
If your unit is 10 to 15 years of age, it is at its expected lifespan. At this point repairing your unit may not be the best use of your money. New units, though cost more, are more energy efficient and will save you money each month over what your existing unit is costing.
Increased Water Heating Bills
If you have noticed that your water heating bills have begun to gradually increase? This normally is a sign that your unit is having to use more energy as it ages to heat the same amount of water. Since the normal water heater accounts for 14% of the energy usage in a home, this is not something to be ignored.
Needs Repairs Frequently
When you have had to call for repairs more than once a year then replacement should be considered. Consider that if a repair costs 50% or more of a replacement, then think how much you would spend on repairs vs the cost to replace.
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