Warm running water is a vital aspect of our everyday living for showering, washing dishes, cooking and laundry. Despite that, water heaters and hot water tanks are one of the most overlooked HVAC systems in our homes.
Just like other heating and cooling systems, emergencies can occur with your home’s water heaters, making the need for repairs or replacements inevitable.
But the question is, when should you repair, and when should you replace? Sooner or later, you’re bound to ask yourself that question.
Here are 3 questions to help you decide between hot water tank repairs and a water heater replacement.
1. How Old Is Your Hot Water Tank?
When you take proper care of your water heater, it can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. If you’re lucky, it might survive a few extra years beyond this expiration date.
In the majority of cases however, water heaters start to show signs of wear and tear around the 10 year mark. If your hot water tank is approaching this age, keep a close eye on your energy bills and be on the lookout for any strange noises, damages and system inefficiencies.
If you’ve just moved into a new home and are unsure of when this water heater was installed, there are a few things you can do. When possible, check your owner’s manual or contact the previous homeowners. If all else fails, you can view the installation label on your hot water tank and contact the manufacturer for more details.
In the event that you find out that your hot water tank is approaching its expiration date, repairs are more likely going to start getting more expensive and more frequent.
2. Are Energy Bills Getting Expensive?
Did you know that new water heater models are up to 20% more efficient?
It’s quite common that your water heater or hot water tank will start to show signs of inefficiency after about 6, 7 or 8 years. So if you’ve noticed that your energy bills have seen a significant increase in the last few months, it might be time to consider a replacement.
On the other hand, if your bills haven’t been fluctuating recently, it’s likely that scheduled maintenance or minor repairs are the best option for you.
3. Have You Noticed Any Visible Damages?
Whether it be a malfunctioning thermostat, circuit breaker trip, leaks, knocking noises or poor water quality, damages are going to occur in some form, at some point.
Regardless of the type, or cause of damage, it is always suggested that you contact plumbing & heating professionals when your water heater is damaged.
When minor repairs are possible, they are generally inexpensive and may prevent further extreme damages down the line.
Schedule Water Heater Repairs & Replacements in Ottawa
When looking to prolong the life of your water heater, proper maintenance is key. Like other HVAC systems, scheduled maintenance for your water heater lowers the risk of breakdowns and increases efficiency.
If you’re still unsure whether your system needs to be repaired or replaced, let the experts have a look. Our water heating experts have the experience and training needed to help you with any issues you may have, whether you’re looking to repair an existing water heater or get a new system installed.
Get in touch with us to get a free, no-obligation quote for your water heater inspection, maintenance or replacement.