Yes, water heater repair is often possible, depending on the problem. For example, a faulty thermostat or T & P valve can be fixed, or the hot water tank could be flushed to remove sediment. However, if your water tank is leaking from the bottom, you’ll probably need water heater replacement.
How often should a water tank be replaced?
Expect to replace your water heater every 10-15 years for a hot water tank, or 20 years for a tankless model, on average. (Regular professional maintenance will help extend its lifetime.) Learn how long to expect your water heater to last and what can affect its lifespan. If you’re faced with the prospect of expensive repairs, you may opt for water heater replacement sooner.
What are the signs of a water heater going bad?
Watch out for the following signs your water heater is failing:
What is the difference between a tankless and traditional water heater?
A traditional water heater heats a supply of water and keeps it hot in a multi-gallon storage tank. A tankless water heater heats water only “on demand,” when you turn on your faucet or shower. While tankless water heater installation is costlier initially, this type of water heater is more energy-efficient.