When your water heater goes out your first reaction is likely to call a plumber to come in and fix it. However, after some thought you may want to consider getting a new one rather than calling in someone to make a water heater repair call. There are some things that you will want to consider in making this decision.
First, how old is the water heater that is currently in your home? Obviously the older it is the more likely it is to have more frequent problems in the future and thus you should consider replacing it rather than repairing it. Keep in mind that the average lifespan of a water heater is 11 years. If yours is already 8 or 9 years old, it is nearing the end of its life and depending on the cost of repair, it may not be worth putting a lot of money into. Additionally, new heaters are much more efficient than your old one and could save you a lot of money in energy costs.
Second, has this water heater had problems in the past? No matter how old it is, if you have had issues with this one in the past you are going to want to consider a new water heater. Of course, if it is new enough that it would have a warranty you should be looking to get a new one for free under the warranty.
Third, is the water heater really a large enough water heater to do the job that you would like it and need it to do? If you are calling someone out to your home anyway, now may be the time to have it replaced if you need a better or larger one - and especially if you were already considering it anyway. There are few things as frustrating as taking a cold shower because you ran out of hot water after only a couple of people have taken a shower for the day. If this is the case in your home and the water heater has gone done, consider having it replaced with a larger and better water heater now.
Water heater repair is not necessarily complicated but it can be costly from time to time and it certainly can be annoying if you have to deal with this issue frequently. Just weigh the cost of repair of an older heater with the cost of a new one.
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