Do you Need To Repair or Replace Your Hot Water Heater?

Repair or replace is a frequent debate many homeowners have with themselves concerning hot water heaters.

Technology for hot water heaters has advanced in quantum leaps. So, if your hot water heater fails, should you replace or repair it is a fair question.

Water heaterThe first consideration in making this decision is age. If your hot water heater is 15 -years or older and needs an expensive repair, it is most likely a wiser decision to replace it. At 15 or more years of age, the hot water heater is near the end of its useful life. Even if a repair does extend its life by a few years, it is not nearly as efficient as today’s high technology water heaters. So, any money you might save in the short-term on replacement, you will continue to spend on higher fuel costs.

If your hot water heater is less than 15 years old, but more than five years old, it is time to sit down with your Vancouver hot water heater contractor to determine what makes sense in your circumstances. Together you review your hot water heater capacity, utility costs and anticipated heater life. Your contractor will also know if a heater with a higher SEER is available for you. SEER is the acronym for Seasonally adjusted Energy Efficiency Rating. The higher the SEER for a hot water heater, the more efficiently it operates. The contractor will also know if your local utility is offering rebates or incentives for switching your hot water heater to a more efficient one. Once you and the contractor have the facts, it is fairly easy to see how long the payback period will be, compared to continuing payer higher utility bills.

If your unit is under 5-years old, it should be under the manufacturer’s warranty. Unless there is a strong reason to change it out such as:

  • desire to change fuel source
  • inadequate hot water for family size

You should repair the system.

A Few Words On Replacement Systems

New hot water heaters come in many efficient styles. Talk with your contractor about renewable energy such as solar and geothermal fueled systems. Also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of tankless instantaneous hot water heaters and all hot water heaters that carry the EnergyStar labile from the United States Department of Energy. An EnergyStar label means that the hot water heater has passed rigid standards that ensure the unit is efficient.

The best way to find to knowing whether to repair or replace your hot water heating system is contacting your Vancouver plumbing professional. They can advise you which type of Vancouver water heater is the best fit for your home.