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When should you repair or replace your water heater

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  • Low water pressure: Mineral deposits may have built up on the water heater pipes, which would reduce water pressure. The fix could be as simple as flushing the minerals out of the tank.
  • Unusual sounds: A little hissing is perfectly normal. Loud popping or banging sounds likely means that mineral deposits have caused the water heater to overheat in order to keep the water hot.


  • Leakage: Leakage is the first sign that your water heater is on the fritz and under-performing. Don’t wait for the flood, which may cause damage to your floors, furniture, cabinetry and walls and create mold if not dealt with right away. You will end up replacing much more than the heater.
  • Insufficient hot water supply: It is normal for water heaters to become less efficient as they age. However, if you notice that your hot water heater is not able to produce the same amount of hot water it once did, it is time to consider your replacement options.”

Read more about the signs for repairing or replacing here.

Another thing you might want to consider whether to repair or to replace is the age of your water heater. Since they typically have a life span of 10 to 12 years, you should factor that into your decision. Why spend money on a repair for a unit that is 15 years old when it might break down again in the near future?

The team at Apple Valley Eagan Appliance performs both installations and repairs. This includes gas and electric water heaters. If you need help deciding which option is the best for you, please call us at 952-953-0080 or visit our water heater to learn more.

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