Repair vs. Replace: Water Heaters

Dont take the comfort and convenience of having hot water in your home for granted. It is not pleasant to shower, bathe, do laundry or wash dishes without it. Deciding whether to repair or replace your water heater is an important decision. Weve compiled a few lists to help you make an informed decision about your water heating needs.

Reasons to Repair a Water Heater:

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  • The water heater is still under warranty and the problem is covered.
  • Based on average life expectancy, the water heater still has enough service years in it to justify the repair.
  • Repair costs are reasonable. One rule of thumb identifies "reasonable" as "less than 50% of the cost of a new appliance."
  • Has the current water heater given good service and do you particularly like the model? Simply not wanting to change can be a valid reason for repair.

Reasons to Replace a Water Heater:

  • The repairs will cost more than 50% of the cost of a new water heater.
  • The new model is more energy efficient. Compare the annual energy savings of the new model to the cost of running the old model. Energy efficiency savings may help the new water heater pay for itself over several years.
  • Replacement parts may be hard to find. The older the water heater, the harder it is to find the parts. It is even hard to find parts for some newer models.

BGE HOME Advantage

  • Get your hot water flowing the same day you call
  • Installed by experienced, certified plumbers
  • Guaranteed work
  • Affordable prices

Whether your old unit broke down or youre looking to repair or increase the operating efficiency of your current water heater,
BGE HOME is here to help. Call
1-888-BGE-HOME to find out why more Marylanders turn to BGE HOME to replace their water heater.

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