In general, homeowners prefer to repair anything that could be wrong in the home before opting for total replacement; this is especially true for complex and expensive appliances like water heaters.
Water heaters are easily forgotten about because they remain out of sight and typically work as they should. The only time we pay attention to our water heater is when things start to go wonky.
In the grand scheme of things, water heater repair is preferable because it’s cost-effective and less time consuming than a replacement. As a homeowner, you will need to know when it’s time to repair or replace your water heater. Regular maintenance will extend the lifespan of your water heater but age does play a part.
Here we discuss a few common issues you should keep in mind when it comes to water heater repair.
The average lifespan of a water heater is approximately 10 years. This depends on the make and model, but if your water heater is over 10 years old, you may be justified in getting a replacement instead of a repair.
Remember that modern technology has been through many changes in the last decade including the creation of water heaters that are not only energy-efficient, but also help save money on monthly utility bills. These water heaters will also help save costs on repairs, but you should still ensure that regular maintenance is done, no matter how new your water heater is.
There should be no water near the base of your water heater and if there are signs of water pooling, you may have a leak.
If water is pooling anywhere near your tank – you need to get it checked by a professional plumber as soon as possible. It’s a sign that there may be an issue with a valve, which is resolved with a repair.
If an off-center valve isn’t the cause of pooling water, it may be the tank itself. Take a look for signs of rust on the outside of your heater; if it’s the tank that’s affected, you will need to replace your unit.
Water from the taps inside your home is never meant to look brown or taste funny. If this is the case, there is a good chance that there’s rust inside your tank caused by an excess build-up of mineral sediment.
With yearly maintenance, your plumber will ensure that your tank is clear of rust inducing sediment. If your plumber tells you that the sediment build-up is too severe, repairs or maintenance will not help. The unit will need to be replaced to ensure that the water in your home is not compromised.
If your tank is making odd rumbling sounds or other noises – there’s a good chance you have a build-up of mineral sediment in your tank.
If there is too much sediment in the tank, your heater won’t operate effectively. It will take longer for your water to heat up and it will consume more energy than normal. Keep in mind that sediment build-up will lead to rust, leaks, and water discoloration. In addition, excess sediment also compromises the safety of your water heater.
Deciding between water heater repair or replacement is up to you but make sure you take into consideration everything your licensed plumber has told you. Never take risks when it comes to the water that enters your home as contaminated water can cause a host of issues.
Aside from regular maintenance, you may want to look into residential water treatment and filtration systems. These systems are in place to ensure that mineral-rich water does not enter your tank, causing less sediment build-up to occur.
Not sure about your options? Speak to the friendly and reliable team at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric in Boca Raton to get your water heater checked or to find out more about water treatment and filtration systems. Call us today at 561-391-1048!