Water Heater Services

Affordable Water Heater Services in Johnson City

Most homeowners take their water heaters for granted until they find themselves soaked in suds and letting ice-cold water do the rinsing.

 

Water heaters tend to have a life span of eight to 10 years. Once the model reaches its age limit, it will most likely start failing. And when it does, you have two options: water heater repair or water heater replacement.

The typical cost of water heater replacement (for a standard 50-gallon electric water heater) in Johnson City, Tennessee ranges from $1,200 to $1,600. As for the typical cost of water heater repair, the range is from $200 to $400. Comparing the two price ranges, there is a pretty wide range for both options. With that in mind, your water heater is an essential appliance; therefore, you’d want to get the most out of your money.

So, there likes the question: Should I repair or replace my water heater?

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So, there likes the question: Should I repair or replace my water heater?

There are three factors to consider when answering this question:

  • The repairs needed
  • The age of the water heater
  • The validity of the warranties

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The Repairs Needed

The type of repair needed determines whether you should replace your water heater or repair it. This is because some repairs require pricey replacement parts. In some cases, the damage is beyond repair and a replacement would be a better option.

As a general rule of thumb, replace your water heater if your model is over eight years old and/or your repair bill reaches $500.

If your water heater needs a severe leak repair, it’s best to replace the entire unit instead of having it repaired. However, if your water heater model is less than eight years old and/or your repair costs are less than $500, a repair is a good option.  

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The Age of Your Water Heater

On average, most tank water heater models can last between 10 to 15 years. So, the age of your unit is an important consideration when deciding if you should replace or repair your unit. 

As mentioned above, if your water heater is only a few years old, paying a few hundred dollars to prolong the life of your model is worth the price. On the other hand, if your unit is close to 10 years old, repairing it might buy you just a year before it breaks down altogether. 

In this case, it’s better for your wallet if you replace your water heater. 

 
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The Validity of Your Warranties

Most new models come with manufacturer warranties. These limited parts warranties cover the cost of replacing faulty parts for up to 10 years (but this depends on the manufacturer). If you have a warranty, it can fully or partially cover the cost of repair, which can make repairing your water heater the better option. 

However, if you don’t have a warranty or your warranty has already expired, you’ll have to pay for all the repair costs. So, depending on the part that needs replacement or repair, it might be better if you replace the unit.

Other Considerations

If you need more help with the decision to repair or replace your water, check out these considerations for water heaters less than 10 years old or those older. 

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For Water Heaters Less than 10 Years Old

How well has the unit been maintained? If the unit has been regularly inspected, repaired promptly when needed, and drained to prevent buildup, the unit is worth keeping. You can also still repair it if the heater doesn’t run out of water. Upgrading to another model is an option if your current unit frequently runs out of hot water.

Another consideration: is your water heater wasting energy? If it is, a replacement is a better option than some costly repairs. 

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For Water Heaters 10 Years or Older

If you’re experiencing problems with an old water heater, replacement is the best way to go (unless you’re dealing with a blown fuse, tripped breaker, or a faulty thermostat). Older systems aren’t as efficient as they used to be. You might also be dealing with some wear-and-tear, too.

Are you considering replacing or repairing your water heater? Are you still undecided between the two options? Contact us today.

We provide you with tried-and-trusted water heater installation, water heater repair, and water heater replacement in Johnson City, Tennessee, as well as in Washington County and the Tri-Cities area.

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