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July 29, 2020

Water Heater Repair: Can We Fix It?

water heater repair west chester pa

When it comes to water heater repair, West Chester PA homeowners can count on Gold Star Services for repairs, replacement and maintenance. In this post, we’ll discuss when a water heater can be repaired, and when it needs to be replaced.

Repair or Replace?

Many factors come into play when deciding whether to repair or replace a water heater. If a unit is less than 10-15 years old and the issue is with a replaceable part, repairing the problem can be a cost-effective solution. Key replaceable elements include the following parts:

  • Heating Elements
  • Valves
  • Burner Assembly
  • Thermostats
  • Igniters
  • Motors

It’s a good idea to have your unit evaluated by a professional to determine whether repairing or replacing parts will solve the issue in the long term. If your unit is more than ten years old, shows significant signs of wear and tear and has not been properly maintained, replacing the unit might be best. The following signs are good indicators a replacement is necessary:


Leaks typically occur as a result of pressure build-up inside the tank and need to be evaluated immediately, as neglecting a leak can lead to a tank explosion. Leaks can appear when the water pressure or temperature is too high, or as a result of a faulty relief valve. If you notice puddles or moisture around the water heater’s base or spot signs of corrosion on your tank, contact a professional right away.

Discolored Water

Rust-colored or cloudy water could indicate that the tank itself is beginning to rust and might warrant immediate replacement.


Deposits from the tank’s heating elements can build up over time, creating sediment. Hardened sediment can come loose and move about the tank, causing knocking or gurgling noises. Regularly having your water heater flushed can prevent damage and deterioration due to sediment build-up.

Let Gold Star Services Help With Water Heater Repair: West Chester PA

Gold Star Services has a team of highly skilled HVAC technicians ready to help! Our services include heating, cooling and water heater repair, replacement and maintenance. Call 1-302-947-8694 to connect with Gold Star Services today!

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