How do we decide whether to repair our water heater or replace it? Everyone asks, is there a formula to calculate costs vs both. Yes, there is a formula, which you can see below.
Here is what to know when dealing with hot water heater service, repairs and replacement.
The primary factor in whether to repair vs replace is the age of the water heater. Depending on the brand, yes all water heaters are not created equal, contrary to belief. That means you can expect a lower life span from a water heater bought at a box store. Water heaters bought from plumbing warehouses are usually from large plumbing companies specializing in water heaters will last much longer and provide better overall efficiency.
Aside from having the right size water heater to meet you hot water demands, running out of hot water can ruin someone’s day. If your water heater is sized correctly and you still run out of hot water repairs might not improve your situation for very long. Consider the water repair cost vs how long will the repair lasts, before the next no hot water occurrence. This is the million dollar question. If the repair lasts for a few years great, if lasts two days….you just threw money up the flue for nothing and you still need to replace the water heater. Use the magic 8 ball to answer this one cause no one knows that answer.
If you’re planning on leaving, then water heater repairs might be the way to go for you. If you are going to be there for some time, more than a couple of years then replacing your water heater might be your move. Some things to consider; when selling your home it must meet code requirements, so having a new water heater installed might assist you. In addition having a new water heater will lower the energy footprint and lower energy costs which is a great selling point to potential owners. On the other hand, the new owners might want to install a tankless water heater and you throw money done on nothing.
This is where you really need your calculator. As a rule if your repair costs or more than 1/3 of the replacement costs than do it….replace that water heater with new more efficient water heater and save some money on the monthly water heater bills. Plus you might not be sure how long the water heater repair will last anyway.
The big question is there a difference between hiring a handyman, plumber off Craigslist vs using a professional plumbing company. At first it’s the difference in cost seems to separate them both. Yes this is true in most cases. The real differences are what you really need to examine. What kind of water heater are they installing? What kind of parts are they using to complete the repair? Do they install per code to meet your cities water heater requirements? Are they a qualified plumber that has been trained and understands gas and carbon monoxide can kill people? Will they be around if you have issues later? The biggest factor you give up when hiring a non-qualified plumber is the warranty. Why make any investment if you have no warranty to back it up. Hire a water heater plumbing expert and get what you pay for, a top quality water heater, professional plumbing parts, a water heater that meets your cities code and keeps you safe, a great warranty and knowing they will be there for you when and if you need them.
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