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What are Common Water Heater Problems?
Corrosion: The most common problem is corrosion in the tank and pipes that connect to your water heater. This is especially true if you have untreated hard water, which contains harsh minerals that can attach to the piping and tank and break down the material over time. Whether it’s calcium, iron, or another element that is causing the corrosion, you will eventually experience a leak in your water heater that is difficult to repair. Leaks often mean a new unit replacement is in order.
Faulty pilot light: This is a concern if you have a gas water heater. If the pilot light is having trouble staying on, your water heater will eventually stop functioning. Fixing the pilot light is an easy task, but one that should nevertheless be carried out by a technician, as improper repairs can lead to a potential gas leak and other problems with the water heater. If the new filament is not installed properly, for example, it may end up further damaging your unit.
Should You Opt For Repair or Replacement?
If you are deciding between repairing and replacing, there are a few different elements to take into consideration. First, you need to think about how long you have had your current unit. If your water heater is under five years, a repair is more cost effective. You should also opt for repairs if the problem is minor, such as a new filament installation.
However, if your water heater is over 10 years and is constantly having problems, a whole unit replacement is the more cost-effective option. It will be better to live with a new, more efficient unit than to spend on frequent repairs.
How Long Do Water Heaters Last?
Depending on the level of care and maintenance performed on it, your water heater will last between 10-15 years. After that, you may start to notice a lapse in efficiency. The quality of your water supply will also affect the longevity of your unit; as mentioned earlier, untreated hard water will eventually wear down on your water heater and cause it to deteriorate much more quickly.
At Johnson Heating & Cooling Inc we will treat you like one of our own. We are family owned and operated since 1968. Our entire staff of professional technicians always provide service with a smile and will make sure you hot water heater runs without interruption for years to come.