Despite improvements in technology over the last 30 years, appliances such as water heaters, refrigerators, washers, and dryers just don’t last as long as they used to. The manufactures are so focused on keeping their product prices low, they make sacrifices that impact quality.
If your water heater is not working than there only a few things that could be wrong with it. Some of these issues such as a gas valve, t&p valve, or burner can be replaced without having to get a completely new water heater. One of the most common problems with water heaters is an issue that cannot be fixed. A water heater that is leaking out of the bottom of the tank almost always needs to be replaced.
Some of the higher quality water heaters are lined with glass on the inside of the tank. This is suppose to help the tank hold water and hold up to leaks. The problem is that thermal expansion can damage the glass and cause the water heater to leak. Old water heaters used to rely on thick steel to keep the tanks from leaking. The steel holds up better to the thermal expansion than the glass. The thickness of both the steel and glass for a water heater is going to vary greatly with the cost of the water heater. There are people who claim that all water heaters are exactly the same and the more expensive ones just add in the warranty.
The most common water heaters range in price from $300-$1200. Do you really believe that this is just smoke and mirrors and all you are really buying is the warranty? We don’t buy into that which is why we only install quality water heaters.We install thermal expansion tanks on all of the water heater we install. The expansion tank is designed to absorb excessive pressure that can build in a water line.
Along with the cost of the water heater there are several other parts and materials that you must purchase when replacing the unit. You also have to consider the cost of labor to haul off your old unit and install the new tank. Materials and labor can easily cost as much as the water heater itself. A cheap water heater that only holds up for 5 years is going to cost much more in the long run that a quality water heater that last for 15 years.
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