When To Replace Or Repair A Water Heater

Updated: 01/21/2013 11:09 PM KSTP.com By: Ellen McNamara

Water heaters are something that we rarely think about, until they break down and you have to take a cold shower.

In today's Angie's List report, we help you figure out when to replace an older model and when to just repair it.

Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List says after ten years, many water heaters can no longer work efficiently.

Homeowner Bruce Flanagan knew he needed to replace his water heater.

"We had some carbon monoxide problems with it," Flanagan said.

Flanagan decided to go with a tankless water heater, which is more expensive, but more efficient.

If you do not need a new water heater, Hicks says proper maintenance is key.

"Drain a quart of water from the heater once every three months," Hicks said. "This will help reduce sediment from building up, and make sure you're getting maximum capacity from your water heater."

A water heater is the third largest energy consumer in your home, so Hicks says you want to make sure it is running right.

If you need to get your water heater fixed, a plumber says the average price to fix it will be about $250.