No hot water? Brrr!!! No hot water in the winter? Ouch!!!
If you’re a homeowner, you’ve probably had to deal with a broken water heater. If it was on a cold winter morning, I empathize with you. Just thinking about that situation makes me shiver. Nothing worse than starting your day with a cold shower. On top of that, the cost of a water heater repair in Indianapolis can be a pain in the… wallet.
I checked several websites that provide useful information to homeowners. The average price for a storage tank-type water heater repair in Indianapolis and nationally can be rather steep:
The water heater repair costs shown above indicate you’ll probably spend from about $135 for labor and another $300+ for parts. Ouch, indeed. The worst part of those costs is you’ll likely need to spend that money when you can least afford it. Again, I empathize with you.
So what exactly will you be paying for when you need to repair your water heater?
Common tank-type water heater repairs involve the pilot light, gas valve, and thermocouple on gas water heaters. For electric water heaters, heating elements, thermostat, and limit switch/reset button repairs are common.
And cross your fingers that you don’t need to fix a leaky water tank. There ain’t no fixin’ that. Leaky pipes can be repaired. A leaky hot water storage tank will need to be replaced. Double ouch!!
As with any mechanical device, you should regularly perform routine maintenance on your water heater. That will reduce the need for unexpected and costly repairs. With a regular maintenance plan, you can budget for the service and keep your unexpected costs to a minimum.
As previously reported in the article Repairing Old Water Heater May Not Be Worth The Cost, the average life expectancy of a storage tank hot water heater is about 10 years. If your unit needs a major repair after it’s 5 years old, you should consider replacing it with a more-efficient model.
A tankless water heater is based on a completely different type of technology. Therefore, the repair factor is very different. According to HomeTips.com, “With proper maintenance, tankless water heaters rarely develop problems.”
According to the U.S. Energy Department (at Energy.gov), “Most tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of more than 20 years. They also have easily replaceable parts that extend their life by many more years.” Nice.
The first thing to know about tankless water heater repairs is that you’ll never have to replace a leaky water storage tank or sniff its smelly water. Double nice.
If your gas model tankless unit does need a repair, you’ll likely replace a burner that is clogged. In an electric model, you’ll likely have a burned-out heating element. No big deal. Regularly scheduled maintenance according to the manufacturer’s recommendations will help you avoid these problems.
If you are a do-it-yourself kind of person, either of those tankless system repairs are fairly simple. You might be able to save a few bucks that way. If you’re not inclined to fix it yourself, a local Indianapolis water heater repair specialist (hint, hint) will be able to easily take care of the problem.
Eventually, you will need to replace your current water heater. When that time arrives, be sure to carefully consider the complete lifetime cost of buying one. A tankless water heater should last twice as long as a tank-type model. A tankless hot water system provides long-term savings, from lower energy costs to less repair expenses. In addition, you’ll never take a cold shower again! When you understand the comparative long-term costs, you just might find that tankless is the way to go.
For more information about tankless water heating systems, contact us. We’ll be glad to answer any questions you have about this new and exciting hot water technology.