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Hot Water Tank Having Problems? What To Do Now

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There are a lot of things that can affect your hot water tank, and if you have an old tank in your home that isn't doing a great job, replacing it may be the safest and best thing for the house and family. If the water isn't coming out hot consistently, and your energy bills are on the rise, there are several things that could be causing these complications involving the tank. Ask the professionals about these changes and upgrades to see what must be done.

Initial Evaluation

Have the hot water tank evaluated to see if it has severe damage that can't be repaired and if it has to be replaced. Here are indications to determine if you should get rid of the unit instead of trying to preserve it:

  • It's unfixable
  • The cost to fix is more than half the cost of a new unit
  • The unit won't last much longer even after the repairs
  • There are safety concerns

If it isn't safe or it doesn't make financial sense to extend the life of the unit, it's time to replace it the machine. If the professional thinks it could last a few more years and you want to gamble, there are other things to do.

Clean-up and Tune-up

A cleanup and tuneup can make a big difference in the performance of the hot water tank. Let the professional drain the tank and pressure wash and clean it to remove what has been accumulating on the sides over time. Then they will tune up all the sensors, metal components, and more. Making sure that the pilot pipes and other areas are all cleaned and lubricated if necessary and that the machine is tuned it should help with efficiency and production.

Upgrade Possibilities

There are different options available to upgrade your tank and system. These different possibilities for an upgrade include:

  • New efficient water tank heating system
  • Tankless geothermal heating options
  • Solar-powered water heating system

You want to talk with your service professional about what will work the best with the area that you live in and how you can save money with an improved unit through water heater repair services.

If you aren't ready to give up on your hot water heater, talk with the service expert to see if the unit can be fixed and maintained and if it's worth keeping around. If it isn't, you'll have to go from there to decide what new unit will be best.