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Repair or Replace

When to Repair or Replacement Your Water Heater


  • The average water heater typically lasts 10 -12 years when filled with city water.

  • Water heaters filled with untreated well water typically last 5-10 years. 

  • A leaking water tank isn't repairable but heaters that no longer produce enough hot water, have a leaking pressure-relief valve or drain can be repaired. 

How do you know whether the best ultimate value would be to repair or replace the water heater? 


  • If you are unsure whether to repair or replace your water consider the age of the water heater, years left on the manufacturer's warranty, hot water requirements for your home, and energy costs.

  • If the cost to repair the water heater is less than the approximate value of the water heater, you should probably apply the repair costs toward the costs of installing a new water heater.

  • Consumer Reports suggests the ratio of $50.00 per year of life left in the water heater. Try the following equations:

Repair costs:


$50.00 x (# of years left) = $ _____ 

Replacement costs:


$_________________   -  (any government tax credits) = $_____
        (Call for current pricing)

*Up to $1,500 of total installation costs of water heaters with 90% energy factor of .82

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