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Repair or Replace? When it’s Time to Install a New Water Heater

Is your water heater leaking? Is it not heating up properly? Making noise?

Are you trying to decide whether to spend money on repairs, or invest in a new water heater altogether?

Based on our experience, most water heaters last about 8 to 12 years. Regular maintenance can extend the life of your water heater, and some repairs can make it last longer. But how do you know when it's time to hire a professional for water heater installation in Ann Arbor?

If your water heater is out of warranty, the manufacturer will usually recommend replacement. However, there are times when a repair does make sense. Typically, this depends on the water heaters age, the type of problem and of course the estimated cost of the repair.

Here is a list of things that can fail on a conventional water heater:

  • Temperature and pressure relief valve.
  • Gas control valve
  • Thermocouple / flame proving device
  • Induced draft motor
  • Pressure switch
  • Direct spark igniter / Hot surface igniter
  • High limit / Flammable vapor sensor
  • Electric upper / lower thermostat
  • Electric upper / lower heating element
  • Leaking tank

If you're replacing your unit, you can replace it with the same type, upgrade, or consider going with  tankless water heater. When looking for a new water heater you should consider the demand for for hot water in your home as well as energy cost to heat that water. Both presently and in the future.

Call a plumber to install a new water heater or repair your current one. At Washtenaw Plumbing and Heating, we've had 20+ years of experience with water heater installation in Ann Arbor, Dexter, Saline, and Ypsilanti. We're here to help any way we can and give you specific tips and next steps for your situation! Call or text (734) 222-3620.

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