Water Heater – Repair or Replace

Posted on: September 15, 2016

Your water heater is a vital part of your every day life, but usually gets very little attention – until it doesn’t work!

When that happens, you are faced with a critical decision – should I repair my existing water heater, or invest in a new system?

A good rule of thumb involves the age of the unit. If your water heater is 8 years old or older, replacement might be the best option.

If your water heater is still relatively new – or has some time left on the warranty, repair may be something to consider. If the unit is still under warranty, necessary parts should be covered by it,  leaving you to pay only labor charges.

Tank Leak

The water in our Tampa Bay area is very hard. Therefore, it can be destructive to pipes and your water heater storage tank. The only solution to a leaking tank is replacement. There is simply no way to repair a leaking tank.

Energy Costs

If your water heater is out of warranty, it is probably wasting energy when compared to newer Energy Star water heaters. You may want to determine the energy costs of your existing unit and compare it to the expected energy costs of a higher efficiency system. Depending on your family situation, you may also consider converting to a tankless water heating system. Tankless water heaters have much smaller footprints and conserve energy by heating water on demand instead of storing hot water in a tank.

Bottom Line

When you are having water heater issues, the best course of action is to contact the plumbing professionals at Midway Services for an in-home inspection of your existing system. Our expert technicians will then recommend the best course of action to resolve your issues.

Give Midway Services a call and let us help!


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