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Repair or Replace: Water Heaters

If your water heater is functioning abnormally, or not functioning at all, you will be faced with the decision of either repairing the water heater or replacing it. Below are a few factors to consider before making this decision, but ultimately your best bet will be to consult with a professional plumber and get their advice.


Consider the age of your water heater. If you have a traditional water heater and it’s nearing ten years old, you should think about replacing it. If your water heater is tankless, it should last for about 20 years before needing replacement. If your water heater is still under warranty, you should try to get it repaired since your warranty should cover all the costs for the repair. While choosing to replace the water heater will be a higher upfront cost, it will save you money and stress on having to repair it constantly. Additionally, newer water heaters are significantly more efficient in heating your water and will save you money on water bills and energy bills.


Leaking water heaters are usually a result of loose valves or years of sediment buildup. Most of the time, when your water heater leaks, it’s a pretty simple fix. If it’s an issue with your valves, you should be able to detect where the leak is coming from easily and then tighten them to keep them from leaking.

If the leak is coming from a crack in the tank of the water heater, the best course of action would be to replace it. Before making this decision, call your local plumber for a consultation.

Discolored Water

If the water flowing out of your sink faucet is a rusty looking red or orange, this is a sign that you have a rusty water heater. If you continue to use a water heater past its expiration date, it’s likely that it will begin to rust internally and leave you with this dirty looking water. At this point, it’s in your best interest to replace the water heater for a newer, more efficient one.

At Michael’s Plumbing Service, we are here to answer all of your water heater questions. We understand how essential they are to your daily life and will do our best to provide a solution that is as simple and seamless as possible. To get started, give us a call or visit our website to learn more about the services we offer throughout the Nashville area.

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