Tankless water heaters have become a popular choice in recent years, as they are more energy-efficient than traditional tank water heaters. However, they do require regular maintenance to ensure that they function properly and provide the desired level of efficiency. In some cases, repair may be a more cost-effective option than replacement.

How Old is It?

Tankless water heater mounted on blue wallThe key to deciding whether it’s time for a water heater replacement or repair is often determined by the age of your current unit. Tankless units last about 20 years with normal use, but if you’re planning on using them until they die, then that could mean paying more in repairs than new purchase price. On one hand repairing an old appliance may be cheaper overall; however there are other considerations such as efficiency rates when comparing models from different manufacturers and their warranty periods.

What is The Cost of Repair?

Cost is a huge factor to keep in mind when weighing your options, and the answer depends on the cost of the repair vs the cost of replacement. If the cost of repair is more than 50% of the cost of replacement, then it’s usually recommended to replace the unit. However, if the cost of repair is less than 50% of the replacement cost, then it’s usually cheaper to repair the unit. 

Is It Meeting Your Needs?

Before deciding whether to repair or replace your unit, it’s important to assess whether or not the current system is meeting your needs. If you find that you’re not getting enough hot water, or that the water isn’t as hot as you’d like, it may be time for a new water heater. On the other hand, if you’re happy with the performance of your current tankless water heater, but it’s starting to show signs of wear and tear, a repair may be all that’s needed.

Is It Wasting Energy?

If your water heater is over 10 years old, it’s time to start evaluating how energy efficient it is. Tankless water heater repair can be expensive, and a new unit may be a more cost-effective option in the long run. There are a few things you can do to evaluated the efficiency of your current heater:

  • Check the Tank for Leaks

    • View from below tankless water heater mounted on wallA leaky tank means that your heater is losing heat and therefore wasting energy.
  • Inspect the Insulation

    • If the insulation is damaged, it will need to be replaced. This helps to keep the heat in the tank and prevent energy loss.
  • Check the Burner Assembly

    • The burner assembly is responsible for heating the water in the tank. If it is not working properly, it will need to be repaired or replaced.

Has It Been Well Maintained?

Tankless water heaters are complex machines, and they require regular maintenance to keep them running smoothly. When weighing the options of repair or replacement, you will need to assess how well it has been maintained. Tankless water heaters need to be descaled regularly to prevent mineral buildup, and the burners need to be cleaned out.. If your water heater hasn’t been properly maintained, it’s likely that it will need to be replaced. However, if you’ve been keeping up with the maintenance, a repair may be all that’s needed. Either way, it’s always best to consult with a professional before making a decision.

Next Steps

If after determining your needs, comparing costs and inspecting the unit the decision has been made to repair your heater, a plumbing company will need to be called in to complete the job. 

If instead you have chosen to replace your current water heater with a new one, it may be worthwhile to call a plumbing company for a personalized estimate. They will be able to assess whether a new tankless water heater will be the more energy efficient and cost effective option. They are available in a variety of sizes and styles, so you can find one that fits your needs.

Ready To Make a Move?

If you’re in need of water heater repair or replacement, there’s no better time to call Stack Plumbing. Our team of experts are available 24/7 to provide you with the best possible service. We specialize in tankless water heater repair and replacement, and we’re proud to offer our services at an affordable price. So don’t hesitate to call us today at (440) 937-9134 or visit our website, and let us help you keep your home or business running smoothly!