Your water heater is not supposed to drip water or leak at all, that part should be pretty clear to any homeowner. However, what isn’t clear is whether your hot water heater is on its way out and needs to be replaced, or just needs a fast repair. This is where things can get complicated and customers can get stressed out.
First, we’d like to take the stress out of the situation by reminding you that we’re available and ready to take your call when you need help. Water heater struggles are not fun and can be absolutely devastating to your life, especially during the holiday season. So, when in doubt, just call our experts for water heater repair in Muncie.
Otherwise, keep reading to learn about whether your water heater needs a fix or a total replacement.
Repairs Are Always an Option
First things first, if you’re on an extremely tight budget, repairs are always an option. Even if your old water heater is struggling to keep your home’s water supply hot, we can still do our best to alleviate the problems without making you swap to a new water heater.
The truth is that in this economy, most people don’t have a lot of disposable income ready for a whole water heater purchase. And taking on monthly payments to get a new water heater when the old one still works can be a dealbreaker for a lot of people. So, in that case, make sure you at least explore how much repairs would cost and keep that option in your pocket just in case.
But if you’re looking to be smarter about the future of your home and budget, you might want to think about the most cost-effective option.
Repairing your 15-year-old water heater might sound like a bargain, but the savings are quickly outweighed by the costs in the future.
For instance, an old or outdated water heater runs less efficiently, does a worse job at keeping your water hot, and might be almost corroded through. This means that your water heater will likely require more repairs in the future and getting it fixed now is only a temporary solution.
Replacement can often be a more cost-effective solution, because it addresses future problems now and keeps more money in your pocket over time. Sure, it might be more expensive or require one of our financing options, but the choice could be worth it.
Choosing to Replace the Unit
Here are just a few reasons to consider replacing the unit even if repairs might do the job.
- Old age. A tank water heater is realistically designed to last 8–12 years. Tankless systems can last up to 20 but they still should be replaced after this period due to corrosion or wear and tear.
- An upgrade. It might be time to replace your water heater with a high-efficiency tankless unit, or a new all-electric tank water heater that can be powered by solar panels.
- Serious changes. With new home additions or other family members staying with you, it might be time to make some serious changes to address new water usage rates in your home.
It’s time to contact Jake’s Heating, Air & Plumbing for help with your water heater system. Trust Jake’s to Get the Job Done Right!
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