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Our water heater is one of the most essential appliances in our homes. Without a functioning water heater, your day-to-day activities become almost impossible. From showering to laundry to dishes, you need your water heater to not only work but to work well. Keeping your water heater in good working condition is key to ensuring that you don’t experience a breakdown. But, how do you do that?

At Donmar Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, we are your go-to water heater experts. We also believe that helping our customers understand how their water heater works and how to spot the signs of a repair issue can empower them to avoid a water heater breakdown and save money on repairs and replacements.

Keep reading for tips on spotting a repair problem and what you can do to get the most out of your water heater.

Common Water Heater Problems

The last thing you want is to turn on the shower and be surprised by a stream of ice-cold water. No hot water is one of the most common repair calls we receive. Other common repair calls we get include leaking water tanks, discolored water, poor water pressure, and even too hot water. But what is causing the problem? Depending on the type of water heater you have, it could be any number of issues.

Whether your water heater is too small for your needs, the heating element is broken, or your water tank is leaking, figuring out the problem frequently requires the help of a professional. If you are having issues with your water heater, send us a message online. Our repair experts are prepared to help you today.

Should I Repair My Water Heater or Replace It?

We are often asked how to tell when you should repair the problem or replace the water heater. This answer depends on several factors, including the age of your water heater and the nature of the problem you’re experiencing. Though your water heater likely isn’t the most expensive home appliance you own, you still don’t want to throw your money away on a replacement when a repair is all you need.

You should consider replacing your water heater if:

  • Your current water heater is ten or more years old
  • You are experiencing frequent repair problems
  • The cost of the repair is close to or exceeds the price of a new unit
  • Your current water heater is improperly sized for your home and needs
  • You want to upgrade to a tankless model

How to Get the Most Out of Your Water Heater

Whether you have a conventional water heater with a tank or a tankless model, you want to make sure you get the most out of your system. One of the best ways to do this is to ensure that your system is serviced regularly. Generally speaking, an annual inspection and maintenance visit with one of our professional plumbers will be sufficient.

During our visit, we will look over your water heater, ensure it is running smoothly, and notify you of any repair issues, including worn-out parts. We will also identify how much longer you can expect your current water heater to last so that you can proactively plan for your next replacement. When you call Donmar Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, you know you are getting the best service in town.