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Water heaters are relatively simple appliances, but they play a very important role in your daily life. Without a fully functioning water heater, you’d have to power through teeth-chattering cold showers, eat off slimy plates, and drink out of spotty glasses that your dishwasher just couldn’t clean and sanitize.

Worst case scenario: you’d also have to clean up a flood!

These are the uncomfortable side effects of a busted water heater. What happens when they happen to you? How do you know whether simple repairs are in order, or if it’s time to bite the bullet and get a whole new water heater? 

The answer is, don’t panic! While time is of the essence when your water heater conks out and you need to make a decision in a hurry, Boise area residents never have to worry with the experts at Access Heating & Air on their side. Keep reading as we help solve the “repair or replace?” riddle.

REPAIR

If your water heater is relatively new—meaning, less than 10 years old—and it stops providing hot water, there are a few things that could be wrong. Those are:

  • The pilot light has gone out (for gas water heaters)
  • The circuit breaker has tripped (for electric water heaters)
  • The heating element or burner has malfunctioned
  • The thermostat is broken
  • The pressure relief valve is faulty

You can figure out with a simple eye test whether the pilot light or circuit breakers are your culprits, but for the rest, we recommend calling our team to come take a look. We’ll figure out what’s wrong, and if it’s fixable, you can count on us to get the job done before you have to step back into that icy shower! 

REPLACE

Unfortunately, if your water heater is more than 10 years old, you should already be preparing  yourself for a replacement. Water heaters handle countless gallons of water over the years, and all the minerals in that water can corrode the tank until it’s simply unable to do its job—or until it begins leaking or bursts altogether.

That old, leaky water heater probably has to go. Looking on the bright side, this is an opportunity to upgrade to a modern, energy-efficient and corrosion-resistant model—maybe even a tankless water heater that will provide your family with an endless supply of hot water and save you money at the same time.

When looking for a new water heater that best suits your needs, there are a few key factors to consider. We’ve illustrated them in this infographic:

Once you’ve repaired or replaced your water heater with help from Access Heating & Air, keep our number handy and don’t forget to call us back for routine maintenance in the future. With our help, you can keep your plumbing system in top shape and avoid unnecessary emergencies for as long as you own your home. 

For more information about water heater troubleshooting or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!

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