How to Decide When to Replace or Repair a Water Heater?

The general rule of thumb for replacing a water heater is 10 years. If you’ve gotten 10 years’ time out of your water heater and you think you need a repair, it’s best to look into a replacement at this time. If it’s anything under 10 years and you think you need a repair, you will probably still get your money’s worth out of that water heater to get the repair.

For obvious things like a leak, it’s easy to decide if it needs a full repair or replacement. If the tank itself is leaking, that’s going to be a replacement, but if it’s something like the copper pipe for overflow that can easily be replaced.

Tankless Water Heaters

Technology and energy efficiencies have allowed for manufacturing of better products. A tankless water heater comes in many different styles. These types of water heaters are a boiler, they heat water just as fast as the water travels through, while in contrast, a conventional water heater will heat the water and then store it for when you need it.

A tankless water heater is much more modern and does have a higher cost than the conventional water heater, however they are much more energy efficient. If you are an energy conscious person and would like to save money on energy, a tankless water heater could be the right fit for you and Reliable Drain is here to help you with this!

Does Water Heater Brand Matter?

Absolutely. Brand is a very important thing to look into when choosing a water heater. It is also crucial to look at the warranties that each brand offers. If you buy a water heater from a plumbing supply house rather than a box store, you are generally going to get a better product. The tanks are built
differently and are going to better.

Some great brands include Rheem, Ruud, Bradford White, AO Smiths and there are many more. If you have an off-brand tank, it’s like anything else. You may have parts that aren’t easily replaced or repaired. It’s always good to remember when choosing the brand of your water heater, that you’re getting what you pay for. You want to do what will be best for you and save you money on repairs in the long run. We are here to help you navigate this and make the best choose for you!

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