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Should You Get Your Tankless Water Heater Repaired or Replaced?

Should You Get Your Tankless Water Heater Repaired or Replaced?

Should You Get Your Tankless Water Heater Repaired or Replaced? Feb 07, 2024

When it comes to the comfort of your home, having an uninterrupted supply of hot water is non-negotiable. Crucial for everything from handwashing and showering to dishwashing and laundry, hot water is a basic necessity in the modern world. What's less considered is the water heater itself. It turns out there are many options, including tank-style and tankless water heaters. 

In this article brought to you by Rooter Man Plumbing, we explore the tankless models and dissect its life expectancy. If you’d like to consult with a trained plumber directly, then call Rooter Man Plumbing. We’re happy to arrange a face-to-face meeting or on-site appointment for as soon as possible.

The Lifespan of Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand water heaters, have gained popularity for their energy efficiency and space-saving design. However, like any household appliance, they are not immune to wear and tear. While it depends on usage patterns, maintenance, and the quality of the unit, the average lifespan of a tankless water heater typically ranges between 15 to 20 years.

Signs Your Water Heater Needs Attention

That it can last 20 years does not mean your water heater will last 20 years. Keep your eyes – and nose and ears – peeled for signs of trouble. Here are some indications that your water heater may need a hand:

  • Decline in Performance: If you notice a decrease in the water temperature or a reduction in the volume of hot water produced, it could indicate mineral buildup, a failing heating element, or other internal problems. indicate mineral buildup, a failing heating element, or other internal problems.
  • Fluctuating Temperatures: Inconsistent water temperatures, where the water goes from hot to cold, can be frustrating. This issue may be related to a malfunctioning thermostat or a compromised flow sensor within the tankless unit.
  • Strange Nosies: Unusual sounds, such as rattling, banging, or popping, can be indicative of sediment buildup within the unit. This sediment accumulation hinders the heating process and efficiency of the water heater.
  • Water Leaks: Any signs of water leakage around the unit warrant investigation. Leaks could be the result of a faulty pressure relief valve, loose connections, or internal corrosion, all of which necessitate immediate attention.

It’s wise to handle necessary water heater repair as soon as possible. Small issues can turn into big problems. For instance, sediment buildup can turn into scaling. This can cause the water heater to overwork and even overheat your water.

When to Replace Your Water Heater

When the plumbers investigate your water heater, they’ll determine the root cause of the problem and give you their expert opinion on the matter. Typically, we recommend a water heater replacement if:

  • If your tankless water heater is approaching or has surpassed its expected lifespan.
  • If the repair expenses are substantial and approach or exceed the cost of a replacement.
  • If your current unit is outdated and lacks safety and energy-saving features.

If you’d like to consult with a trained plumber, then call Rooter Man Plumbing and get in touch with uniformed professionals today. We look forward to taking your call.


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