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Is Your Water Heater on Its Way Out?

A water heater that’s on its last legs can be a pain. It can start leaking, start running up the energy or fuel bill, and provide lukewarm water that’s not to your liking. The problem isn’t detecting when your system isn’t working properly, because that’s fairly obvious. The problem is understanding when your water heater needs repairs or when it needs a full system replacement.

Water heater repair in Des Moines, IA can be fast and efficient, especially when it’s done by our team. While replacement can be a lot more intense, it’s not nearly as bad as some homeowners think. It’s not the service that people bend over backwards to avoid like they used to.

If replacement is a more cost-effective solution for your water heater, we’ll let you know. Let’s cover some of the basics in regards to how anyone can detect when their water heater is on its way out.

To Repair or Replace

That is the question! If you’re gripping your head after a stressful night of no hot water wondering whether it’s time to repair or replace your water heater, then you’ve come to the right place! Down below, we’ve listed out a few reasons why your repair might actually need replacement instead.

Remember, if you’re ever confused about this type of work, or you need a second opinion, one of our technicians can help you through this process. We’re always happy to help!

The Effects of Age

Age is the first and most important aspect of your water heater you should consider before making a decision. Most water heaters are only built to last between 10-15 years, and that’s with yearly maintenance and appropriate repairs made. This number can also change depending on the type of water heater you have.

Conventional tank water heaters have more contact with water, and thus corrode more easily than other water heater models. This means they’ll need replacement earlier on an average scale. Every water heater will need to be replaced eventually, so it’s important to think about how old your system is and act accordingly.


Your water heater should be able to keep your water hot and comfortable, without a huge uptick in your energy or fuel bills—full stop. If you’re noticing bills through the roof and uncomfortable water temperatures, then you’re likely dealing with an inefficient system that should probably be replaced by one that is efficient.

Constant Leaks

Leaks can signal a weakening water heater structure. Think about it, if your system is bursting at the seams because the pipes and heating components are starting to give way, it could require an extremely expensive and intrusive repair to fix.

Why not just avoid this expensive repair and invest in a whole system replacement instead? It will last longer down the line.

It’s Not Your Ideal System

If you’ve got a tank water heating system that leaves you grumbling after every shower, then it’s important to remember that there are other systems out there. Why not call us to invest in a new water heater that’s better suited to your home needs?

We Can Provide Repairs

Our team can provide either the repairs or replacement services you need!

Call Schaal Ya’all! Our pros at Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling can help you.

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