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- By James Wisler
When you’re having plumbing issues, sometimes it is hard to decide whether to repair or replace your equipment. At Wisler Plumbing, one of our standards is to always provide our clients with options. The costs and benefits of replacement versus repair should always be considered. In most cases, there will be more of a benefit from replacement instead of repair.
As an example, consider a homeowner that has an old toilet that continues to flush or run water nonstop. Most of the time, this problem is due to components in the back of the tank that are not functioning properly. Putting brand new parts in a toilet that is more than 20 years old will probably not be as beneficial as simply installing a new toilet. Newer options are comfort height toilets, soft close toilets, and toilets with seats that can be removed to allow easier cleaning.
While our clients still have the option of repair, these potential benefits should first be considered. It may not make sense to make a $200 investment in repairing a very old component. Considering the money spent as an actual investment instead of just a cost, it becomes a lot easier to look at the different options available and consider the advantages of looking further down the road. There won’t be any concern that the problem could occur again years in the future.
If the home was going to be put up for sale, the long term investment of replacing the component still makes more sense. The home will be more attractive to prospective buyers, and it will also likely increase the home’s overall value. Either way, the cost and benefit of replacement versus repair should always be considered. As a professional, it is our job to ask the right questions when we’re in your home. We will get the right information so we can guide you through the buying process.
There are many variables that can make a homeowner more likely to prefer replacement of a component. For instance, teenagers are usually harder on showers and toilets than a small child. Water quality and water pressure can also make a difference. High water pressure and low water quality may cause components to fail prematurely. If the component is new, it also would make more sense to do a repair instead of replacement.
Our technicians will use their years of experience to make sure they make the best recommendation. If you’re struggling with the decision of repair versus replacement, give us a call at (540) 352-4262 or contact us here.