How Long Does a Water Heater Last?

You likely don’t think about your water heater at all until it quits working. And you’re dealing with frigid showers. It works hard to offer your London household with heated water around the clock, and, unsurprisingly, it will eventually wear out.

Here’s how long your water heater will probably last and some early signs that yours is needing to be replaced. In the end, how long your water heater will keep working depends on what type you rely on and how much it’s running.

Tank Water Heater

Many people have a tank water heater that holds 40 to 50 gallons of water. This style continuously warms water, so it’s always at the proper temp when you need it. Tank water heaters are bestsellers as a result of their lower purchase price, but they don’t typically last as long as other models.

Here’s how long you can expect yours to run:

Tank water heaters can fail because of a lot of issues, but an oxidized tank is one of the most common. Your water heater has a special component referred to as an anode rod that draws corrosive grit from the water. At some point, the rod will oxidize, and fragments will accumulate at the foundation of your water heater, corroding the lining inside the tank.

Tankless Water Heater

A tankless water heater has a much longer life expectancy than its tank-style equivalents. These water heaters can work up to 20 years.

In addition to lasting for a greater amount of time, tankless hot water heaters are very energy efficient. In lieu of retaining huge amounts of water that’s warmed continuously, a tankless model warms up water when you need it. This does away with standby heating and the effect it has on your monthly gas and electrical bills.

You might not realize it, but warming water takes up a sizeable portion of your utility expenses. In actuality, it’s the second highest source of energy utilization in a standard residence, according to ENERGY STAR®.

Tankless water heaters are more expensive than tank water heaters, but they offer long-term energy savings. They can be 24% to 34% more efficient than a water heater that holds on to water, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

4 Indications Your Water Heater is Wearing Out

Your hot water heater will start to show signs that it needs to be replaced. Here’s what to be on the lookout for and when to call a plumbing pro like Roy Inch & Sons Home Services by Enercare.

1. Insufficient Enough Hot Water

This is one of the most common signs that your water heater is nearing the end of its life. You may have hot water running out more rapidly, or that you need more time for water to warm up.

2. Leaks

We recommed calling a plumber if you’re having water leaks or water accumulating around the base of your water heater. In some instances you may just need to have connections secured or a part replaced, but it could also be a symptom the tank is damaged.

3. Water Isn’t Clear

If you live in an area with hard water and don’t have a water softener, you’re likely accustomed to having cloudy water. But if your water unexpectedly switches from clear to cloudy or starts smelling metal-like, we advise having your water heater examined by a professional to avoid damaging leaks. Quick changes in your water clarity means sediment is possibly accumulating in the tank and corroding it.

4. Odd Noises

It’s common for your water heater to make some noise as it operates. But popping and rumbling isn’t normal and is a hint you should get professional assistance. As sediment accumulates in the tank, your water heater has to work harder and may use more energy in the process.

Roy Inch & Sons Home Services by Enercare Makes Water Heater Replacement Easy

Waiting too long for water heater replacement puts you at risk of leaks that can damage your house. Also, there’s the irritation of not having hot water. If your water heater is past its prime or showing hints it needs to be replaced, give our Experts a call at 226-270-1164 to request a free home comfort assessment. From capacity to energy efficiency, we’ll discuss all the options so you can make the ideal decision for your residence.

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