There will come a time when your water heater refuses to do its job. When that day comes, you have a decision. Should you repair or replace your water heater?
Most modern hot water heaters last between 8-10 years, with some having extended warranties of up to 15 years. However, use, water quality, and even the humidity levels where your hot water heater is installed can play a role in how well it holds up over time.
When To Replace Your Hot Water Heater
Any hot water heater within a few years of its suggested lifespan typically means paying for repairs is a lost cause. At this point, it is better to invest into a new unit that will last for a decade or longer.
Similarly, any major malfunction, safety or structural issue with the integrity of the hot water heater may mean replacement is the ideal option. A professional plumber can help assess the model and offer advice on what they feel are your best options.
When To Repair Your Hot Water Heater
In some cases, your hot water heater might experience a single point of failure. Due to parts malfunction or damage, this interruption in service is annoying, but often easily and affordably fixed. In such situations, replacement of a single inexpensive part (plus labor) can save you big.