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When Is Replacement Better Than Repair? Your Guide To Plumbing Installations

As a Canadian homeowner, it’s important to try and get value for money when it comes to the parts of your home itself. Your plumbing, for example, is one of those things where most people would rather pay for a quality repipe that last the entire lifetime that a family spends in the home.

But those appliances that the water goes to? That can be a different story. Things like your washing machine, taps, and other fixtures have a lot of moving parts and undergo heavy weekly or even daily use. Sometimes they break, and then it’s time to fix them. But when is it time to go from getting something fixed to getting it replaced? Let’s take a look at that now.

The Water Heater

“waterheater”If you own your own water heater rather than renting it, this is definitely one you want to keep an eye on. Even if you rent your water heater, you’ll still want to know when it’s time to call to get in a replacement. One of the biggest signs that a water heater has passed the point of no return is if you find it’s leaking.

It’s definitely more cost-effective at this point to simply replace the water heater, rather than trying to repair it. The water quality is also another big indicator. If your hot water is dirty, or rust-coloured, you’ve got contamination in the water-heating tank itself. Again, it would be more expensive to repair this than just replace the water heater.

The Kitchen Sink

“kitchensink”There are different aspects of replacing a kitchen sink. From a mechanical perspective, most of the time you won’t have to at all, since sinks are sturdy, and built to last for decades.

But you can add value to your home if you renovate the kitchen, and if you replace the kitchen sink, that’s definitely a step in the right direction.

The Shower Top

“showertop”Under normal conditions, the only thing you really need to worry about with a shower top is repairing it for leaks, which is a relatively minor procedure.

However, if you want to replace your shower top with a new one, there are plenty of good reasons to do so. One is preference, especially with regards to water pressure.

If you’re not happy with your shower’s current water pressure, replace the shower top with one that can pressurize the water. This saves you the trouble of having to turn up the water pressure in your entire home plumbing system just to get higher pressure out of your shower.

The Washing Machine

“washingmachine”The one piece of plumbing equipment that gets a real work out every time is your washing machine. If your machine is over ten years old, you may want to replace the washing machine with a new one, as repairs will likely start to pile up on a regular basis. If your washing machine is leaking, making loud, new noises, or, worse yet, now actually moves out of place every time it runs, replace it.

Even with the best care for your water fixtures and appliances in your Vancouver, BC home, this hardware can’t last forever. When you find that your equipment is requiring a repair on a regular basis, you’re losing money, not saving it, when you repair instead of replacing.