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Should I Repair or Replace My Water Heater?

Water heaters are one of the most important appliances in your home, and like all of your other appliances, they will eventually wear out and break. When it does, you will need to make a decision as to whether you want to repair your water heater or replace it completely. Our latest blog examines a few common malfunctions and advises you on whether you should repair or replace your unit.


Your water heater may have worked just fine for many years and finally have its first problem. However, even though it may be a minor issue that’s easy to fix, you may want to invest the money on installing a new heater in your home anyway if your current one is more than 10 years old. Doing so can allow you to buy a more energy-efficient unit, which can save you an estimated $700 in energy costs over the life of the unit.


If your water heater is not producing hot water, or the water is coming out lukewarm, odds are something has gone wrong with the unit. If your thermostat goes bad, your burner or heating element fails, or the pilot light on your gas water heater keeps flickering out, you will likely be able to repair it. These services are not super expensive, but bear in mind this is usually just a stop-gap. If your heater is 8 years old or more, it’s likely that you will likely have to deal with your heater again within a year or two, and this time may be more expensive.


Over time, the minerals in water react with the steel in your water heater, corroding the surface and creating leaks. Sometimes these leaks are small, other times you may find the entire area around the heater has been flooded due to a major leak, creating a huge headache in cleanup and possibly further property damage.

There is no repairing a leaky heater system; you will need to replace it. This will be more expensive, but an energy-efficient heater could wind up paying for itself over the life of the heater. This also gives you the ability to consider alternative options, such as tankless or solar water heater systems, which are more expensive still but may qualify you for a government tax credit.

When you are in need of a water heater repair or replacement, trust your home to the professional Tarrant County plumbers Hildebrant’s Plumbing Repair. Our experienced technicians are all fully licensed, insured, and bonded, and all are trained in the newest and most modern repair and maintenance techniques, equipment, and fixtures. We have served Tarrant County for more than 30 years, and build a reputation as one of the top choices for quality plumbing repair services in the area.

Need a water heater repair? New customers receive a 10% discount! Contact Hildebrant’s Plumbing Repair now!