You probably don’t think about your water heater a lot until it gives up running. And you’re facing frigid showers. It works hard to give your the U.S. household with warm water 24/7, and, naturally, it will give out at some point.
Here’s how long you can expect your water heater to last and some early signs that yours is needing to be replaced. Ultimately, how long your water heater will keep running depends on what model you use and how much it’s working.
Most homes have a tank water heater that holds 40 to 50 gallons of water. This type constantly heats water, so it’s always at the right temp when you need it. Tank water heaters are very common as a result of their lower cost, but they don’t typically last as long as other types.
Here’s how many years you can expect yours to last:
Tank water heaters can fail as the result of a lot of troubles, but a corroded tank is one of the most typical. Your water heater has a special component known as an anode rod that draws corrosive fragments from the water. Down the road, the rod will corrode, and fragments will build up at the bottom of your water heater, corroding the lining in the tank.
A tankless water heater has a much longer life span than its tank-style counterparts. These water heaters can last up to 20 years.
Along with working for a greater amount of time, tankless hot water heaters are extremely energy efficient. Instead of keeping huge amounts of water that’s reheated constantly, a tankless model warms up water when you want it. This does away with standby heating and the mark it makes on your monthly energy expenses.
You might not be aware, but heating up water takes up a sizeable piece of your energy expenses. In fact, it’s the second highest source of energy use in a regular residence, according to ENERGY STAR®.
Tankless water heaters are higher priced than tank water heaters, but they provide lasting energy savings. They are typically 24% to 34% more efficient than a water heater that retains water, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Your hot water heater will begin to show signs that it’s dying. Here’s what to look for and when to contact a plumbing pro like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.
This is one of the most typical clues that your water heater is wearing out. You might see heated water getting depleted more quickly, or that it’s taking extra time to have hot water.
We recommed calling a plumber if you’re seeing water leaks or water accumulating by the foundation of your water heater. In some cases you could just need to have connections secured or a piece replaced, but it could also be a indication the tank is broken.
If you are in an area with hard water and don’t have a water softener, you’re likely used to having cloudy water. But if your water unexpectedly goes from clear to cloudy or starts smelling metal-like, we recommend having your water heater checked by a plumber to avoid damaging leaks. Immediate changes in your water clarity means sediment is likely building up in the tank and oxidizing it.
It’s expected for your water heater to generate some noise as it runs. But popping and rumbling is not normal and is a hint you should get specialized help. As sediment builds up in the tank, your water heater has to work harder and could consume additional energy in the process.
Procrastinating water heater replacement could result in that can damage your house. Also, there’s the inconvenience of lacking hot water. If your water heater is outdated or showing signs it needs to be replaced, reach our Experts at 866-397-3787 to request a free home comfort assessment. From capacity to energy efficiency, we’ll go over all the options so you can make the ideal decision for your residence.
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