Do you have a water heater that's only producing lukewarm water at best? Have you been considering replacing it but you just don't have the money right now? Depending on what's wrong with your water heater, you may not have to replace it at all. Instead, you may be able to have it repaired by a professional. While it may initially seem easier to just get an entirely new water heater, there are a number of reasons why you should consider getting your current one fixed instead. Some of the best reasons include:
Get more time: A basic water heater is relatively inexpensive, depending on where you're going to be buying yours from. But a nicer model that has more features and/or will last longer can be significantly more expensive. You may be eyeing a tankless system due to the potential energy savings but you might not be able to afford it right now. Water heater repair for your current model will extend the life of the unit so that you'll have more time to set aside money for the water heater that you're actually wanting instead of just a basic one that you're able to purchase today.
Save money: In many instances, a water heater repair bill is going to be a fraction of what you might otherwise expect. One of the most common points of failure when it comes to water heaters is the heating element or burner getting too corroded or aged to work properly. The cost of having this replaced is going to be significantly less than buying an entirely new unit and your current model will work just as well as it ever has. If you bought the home with the water heater already in place, having a new burner may make it work even better than you've ever known it to do.
Be environmentally friendly: Although many parts of a water heater can be recycled at a properly equipped scrapyard, there is still a significant portion that must simply be thrown out when the unit is ultimately trashed. If you throw out a water heater at the first sign of trouble, you'll be taking up more landfill space than if you were to simply get a professional water heater repair and only throw out the damaged parts. Another factor to consider is the fuel that is wasted when buying entirely new water heaters when compared to just replacing a few relatively small parts.