Hot Water Heaters, Replace Or Repair?

Typically, homeowners collapse in fear when there’s a problem with the hot water supply. Because producing warm or hot water for showers, dishwashing and for clothes washing, should be effortless. But, that’s not always the case. Hot water heaters are either gas, electric or tankless. And as long as the tank supplies water on demand, there’s no reason to have the tank checked, repaired or replaced. On the other hand, remember that all water heaters need replacing, eventually. The water heater in your home won’t just quit working suddenly. Recognize the signs that something is wrong before it gives out completely.

Troubleshooting Water Heater Problems

Unlike other elements in your home, such as the air conditioner unit and washer and dryer, most residential water heater malfunctions require a new installation. Not every time. But a qualified plumber will discuss repair estimates versus replacement costs with you. Other than minor repairs, if something goes wrong with the hot water tank, it could indicate a larger problem. Ask a hot water plumber Wollongong to check the tank and see if it’s something simple, such as a worn thermostat or the heating element needs replacing.

Troubleshooting hot water heaters begin with ruling out possible problems, such as sediment buildup. Only the plumbing professional can tell you what’s causing your water heater to malfunction. The best way to figure out what’s wrong depends on if it’s gas or electric. Some experts suggest scheduling routine maintenance, at least twice a year, involving draining the water tank and checking parts such as fittings. If that’s not possible, it’s recommended to at least check the valve annually. Release the valve pressure and see how much overflow goes into the pipe.

Maintenance Versus Replacement

There’s a fine line between keeping up with regular maintenance and the life of the hot water tank. In some cases, such as purchasing a previously lived in the home, the new owners will have no idea about the age of the tank. Or if the former homeowners had a warranty and if so, what are the terms? But, if you are the original property owner, it’s simple to keep up with hot water maintenance dates. Generally, people don’t worry about the hot water tank, until there’s something indicating a problem, such as it’s leaking. Water leaks are among the most common and least expensive residential repairs.

As stated before, the case for maintenance vs. replacement hinges on separate parts that are subject to wear and tear malfunctions or breakdowns. Gas heaters mean checking if the pilot is on, and are the dip tubes and anodes working properly? The longevity of a hot water heater depends on how well it’s maintained. Most are 500-gallon capacity and can come with either a limited or lifetime warranty. Minor problems usually need repairs and major ones typically lead to a new installation. But only your plumbing professional can help.