Your water heater is an essential part of your home. It is not the only reason that you can have nice warm showers every day but also have plenty of warm water for doing dishes and laundry. Unlike other appliance in your home, the water heater is almost certainly going to break down time and again. When this breaking occurs, you must have ideas how do you fix the water heater or replace it altogether. The safest way to go about the water heater is to replace them if they are more than 10 years. It might not work properly and could lead to the failure of the appliance. However, if the heater is new or still has some time left on the warranty, water heater repair is probably a good way to go. The replacement parts used in the repair may still be under warranty, which will only cost labor fee only. #1. How to Know if Repair is Even an Option? While many of the working parts on today’s water heaters can be replaced, sometimes this simply will not be an option. For instance, if a storage tank fails to work, it is time for a new water heater. That is because a leak in the tank itself is the result of corrosion and once the tank is compromised, there’s no way to repair it. The best way to prolong the life of your water heater storage tank is by having the tank flushed periodically. The flushing process removes sediment that helps in the corrosion of water heater tanks. #2. Change of Schedule on heater cleanings: Sometimes water heater issues are not issues with the water heater but an issue with a change of schedule recently. If everyone in the family takes a shower in the morning now when in the past some took a shower at night, this may cause an overbearing demand for hot water in the morning. If this is the issue, there is no need for water heater repair, just an adjustment in the schedule of showers. #3. Did You examine the Pipes correctly? Water heaters are connected to both hot and cold water pipes. Before you call someone to replace your whole water heater, take a look at these pipes to ensure they are not the source of the leak. If your pipes are the culprit, the most common place to find a leak is at the elbow joints, where pipes need to be cut and sealed during installation. You may just need to reseal with a little plumber’s tape. #4. Call for Professional Help If not handled properly, the water heater can be dangerous. You should contact a professional for further assistance if the water heater does not run properly. The technician will advise you if you have the option to repair or replace the water heater. Listening to the advice of a professional can save you time and money in the long run. Contact us 416-383-7378. Visit us at https://www.everestplumbing.ca/ for more information.