This decision depends on several factors. If your old water heater is only two or three years old, you should contact an expert to repair the problem or replace a wornout part. However, if your water heater is more than 10 years old, you may need to have it replaced. A professional can take a look at your heater and offer you a sound opinion as to whether it is more feasible to have your old water heater repaired or replaced. Another way to tell if you need a new water heater is by the temperature of your water. Your heater should produce extremely hot water, whether the water emanates from your kitchen sink, bathroom sink or shower. Tepid water may indicate that you need to buy a new heater or tank.
Note that you may save money on your energy bill if you buy a gas water heater instead of an electric water heater. You also have the option to choose one of the newer tankless models that can help you to save money on heating your water. The best thing to do is to remove the guesswork and make an appointment with an experienced plumber. Contact the Western Rooter & Plumbing company for further assistance.