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Should I Repair or Replace My Water Heater?

There are some times when water heater problems can be fixed, but other times, the problems are significant enough that they call for a complete water heater replacement. How do you know when that time comes? Our team is here to help.

Schedule an appointment with us for water heater service in Gainesville. We can inspect your water heater and find out what’s wrong. If the problems are bad enough that you need a replacement, we can review your options. But if we can make repairs then we will do that instead. You can also keep reading to learn more about when you may want to replace your water heater instead of repairing it.

Water Heater Age

The first consideration to make is regarding your water heater’s age. If your water heater is nearing the 10-year mark or is older than 10 years, there’s a good chance that you need to think about a replacement. Most water heaters don’t last longer than 15 years.

The closer you are to the 10-year mark, the more likely it is that you will need to replace your water heater in the near future. There are some instances where our team can make repairs to the system and keep it working for a while longer. Other times water heater damage is bad enough that it requires a replacement.

Seriousness of Problems

And speaking of how bad damage is, there are some problems that cannot be reversed. Rust inside of your water tank is one of those problems. Once rust begins to develop it cannot be repaired or reversed. Rust usually spreads quickly once it begins to corrode the inside of the tank. 

There are times when smaller outside attached components rust and can be replaced before that rust spreads to the actual tank itself. Your best bet for catching problems early is to schedule water heater maintenance for the system once each year. You can stay ahead of issues like rust and other concerns to make sure that your water heater can have a longer-than-average lifespan.

Benefits of a Water Heater Replacement

The thought of replacing your water heater may be daunting. The good news is that replacing an existing tank water heater with another one is usually a pretty simple process. All of the existing connections are already there and all we have to do is put a new tank in place and make some adjustments.

Replacing your water heater is also an opportunity to potentially upgrade the unit to a larger tank so you have a greater hot water capacity. You could also go in a completely different direction and install a tankless water heater replacement. Tankless water heaters tend to be a little more expensive and the installation process can take a little longer. However, the benefit of nearly endless hot water often makes the extra upfront cost worth it.

Contact Affinity Gas Services today to schedule an appointment with our professionals. We’re “The Gas Efficiency Experts.”

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