Should You Repair or Replace Your Water Heater?

November 16, 2023
Water heater repairs in Jackson, MS

Water heaters supply your home with hot water, but they often get overlooked because they are installed in out-of-the-way places in homes. Most water heaters last between 10 to 12 years, but it is possible to have one last up to 20 years. If you are unsure whether you should repair or replace your water heater, Obermanns can help you decide.

Three Factors to Keep in Mind When Deciding Between Repair or Replacement Services

There are a few things to consider when deciding between a repair or replacement, and it is wise to have our technicians check your water heater from top to bottom. Consider the following:

1. The Water Heater’s Age

Your water heater’s age is one of the top determining factors. If your water heater is older than 10 years, it is time to replace it, especially if breakdowns occur frequently. Older water heaters are less efficient and will consume more energy. Try to replace an older unit before it leaks or stops working.

2. The Cost and Frequency of Repair Issues

Consider how often the water heater breaks down and the cost of repairs. We recommend using the 50% rule when deciding on repairs or replacing. If your current repairs cost 50% or more of the cost of a new water heater, opt for replacement. You are throwing money away on an older water heater.

3. Do You Have Increased Energy Costs?

Water heaters become less efficient as they age. You may find you are constantly turning up the temperature dial, and your electric bills are rising.

Your water heater should be around 14% of your total energy costs. If your water heater is no longer working effectively or efficiently, you should replace it and get a new unit to save on electricity costs.

Seek Water Heater Services Today

Obermanns proudly offers water heater installation, repair, and maintenance services for our customers in Jackson, Cape Girardeau, and the surrounding communities. We also provide heating and cooling installation, maintenance, and repair services. If you need service on your mini-split systems, drains, and plumbing system, we can help, too.

Call us today to schedule water heater services.

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