Water Heater Repair: Worth It Or Not?


It is important to know when water heater repair work is worthwhile if your system has a problem. Most water heaters last between 8 to 20 years, depending on whether the system uses a tank and if there are other factors like highly chlorinated water. Many units have worked for far longer. Here are some situations where it either makes sense to ask for repairs or it's time for a water heater replacement.

Noisy Water Heater

If a water heater makes a noise like a thumping sound, don't worry too much. The problem is probably just due to minerals building up inside the system. A water softener can often fix the problem for a low price and keep your water heater working for years to come.

One notable reason fixing it might not be worthwhile is if you're hearing loud ignitions when the system heats up. Explosive ignition is dangerous, and water heater replacement is usually the solution.

Leaking Tank

If you see a physical leak in the tank, it's time to get a new water heater. The leak could be due to an external factor, such as a corroded water line or fitting. However, the tank typically needs to go.

Discolored Water

Discolored water from a heater has many potential causes. Brown water is a concern because it could mean rust in the tank or lead in the pipes. You will likely want to replace the water heater and possibly the pipes. Cloudy water means bacteria are present in the water, but a technician can usually fix the problem by turning up the heat or repairing parts of the heating control system.


Getting a few more years from an old water heater might sound tempting. However, modern water heaters have come a long way in terms of insulation and the use of gas or electricity. A new one will save you money in the long run with better efficiency.

If the system is older than the previously mentioned 20-year maximum lifespan, presume that a water heater replacement will be necessary. Even if the system is only 10 years old, it could be aging poorly if your water system has significant mineral build-up or corrosive chemicals like chlorine.

Cold Water

If a water heater is producing only cold or tepid water, the problem is likely that some part of the heating control system has failed. The thermocouple, for example, is usually an easy water heater repair. Even the control unit or the thermostat is a simple fix as long as there haven't been repeated problems with the system.

Speak to a company like American Services to find out more.


8 February 2023

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