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Plumber’s Guide: Repair or Replace Your Water Heater?

Plumber’s Guide: Repair or Replace Your Water Heater?

You rely on your water heater to provide steady and consistent hot water to your plumbed appliances, such as dishwashers and washing machines, but also to make sure your shower is hot. As the major plumbing fixture in most homes, it’s important that the water heater works reliably. Knowing the energy and cost differences between repair and replacement is essential to ensuring that you’re neither preserving a hopeless and obsolete water heater, nor rushing into a replacement that it is unnecessary. If your water heater is broken and you’re not sure whether to repair or replace it, call a Havertown, PA plumber at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc..

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The key to making a decision is contacting a certified plumber. Only a professional diagnosis can determine the cost benefits of a new water heater versus repairs. Let’s look at a few problems with your water heater:

  • No hot water. While the result is fairly obvious, the cause may not be. It could be a variety of things: from an electrical or thermostat problem to a broken heating element. Your local plumber will be able to assess the problem and recommend a solution.
  • Not enough hot water. If you notice a dramatic decrease in your hot water production, or if your hot water is not nearly as hot as it once was, then it might be a problem with the thermostat or with the piping surrounding the water heater itself. It may also be a buildup of lime scale on the heating element inside if you have hard water.
  • Leaks. While most leaks tend to be small and difficult to detect, there are cases when a water heater floods a basement.

When thinking about repair or replacement, you want to think about the future of your home as well as the age of your water heater. While your plumber may be able to repair it, doing so may not solve major problems if your water heater is at the end of its working life. Talk to a professional about which option is best suited to your home and budget. Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. for plumbing service in Havertown, PA today!