When Will My Water Heater Need Replacing? 

You usually don’t think about your water heater at all until it gives up running. And you’re dealing with cold showers. It works hard to give your the U.S. home with hot water 24 hours a day, and, naturally, it will give out at some point. 

Here’s how long your water heater will likely last and some early signs that yours is wearing out. In the end, how long your water heater will last depends on what type you use and how often it’s running. 

Tank Water Heater 

The majority of households have a tank water heater that contains 40 to 50 gallons of water. This kind continually heats water, so it’s always at the correct setting when you need it. Tank water heaters are bestsellers as a result of their more economical price tag, but they don’t usually work as long as other models. 

Here’s how many years you can expect yours to work: 

Tank water heaters can stop working due to numerous issues, but an oxidized tank is one of the most frequent. Your water heater has a special piece referred to as an anode rod that extracts corrosive grit from the water. At some point, the rod will oxidize, and particles will increase at the base of your water heater, eating through the lining in the tank. 

Tankless Water Heater 

A tankless water heater has a much bigger life span than its tank-style cousins. These water heaters could work as long as 20 years. 

Along with working longer, tankless hot water heaters are highly energy efficient. As opposed to storing large amounts of water that’s reheated all the time, a tankless model warms up water when you need it. This does away with standby heating and the impact it has on your monthly gas and electrical costs. 

You might not be aware, but heating water accounts for a big chunk of your heating and cooling costs. In reality, it’s the second highest source of energy use in an average house, according to ENERGY STAR®

Tankless water heaters are higher priced than tank water heaters, but they have 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

4 Indications Your Water Heater is Wearing Out 

Your hot water heater will begin showing clues that it’s breaking down. Here’s what to be on the lookout for and when to get in touch with a plumbing professional like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. 

1. Not Enough Hot Water 

This is one of the most common clues that your water heater needs to be replaced. You could have warm water running out faster, or that it requires extra time to have hot water. 

2. Leaks 

We recommend calling a plumber if you’re seeing water leaks or water gathering by the base of your water heater. In some instances you may just need to have connections tightened or a part replaced, but it could also be a sign the tank is damaged. 

3. Water Isn’t Clear 

If you live in a region with hard water and don’t have a water softener, you’re typically used to having cloudy water. But if your water suddenly goes from clear to cloudy or starts smelling metal-like, we advise having your water heater checked by a plumber to avoid damaging leaks. Immediate changes in your water clarity means sediment is probably accumulating in the tank and corroding it. 

4. Odd Noises 

It’s expected for your water heater to produce some noise as it works. But popping and rumbling is never normal and is a hint you need specialized support. As sediment accumulates in the tank, your water heater has to work harder and could use more energy in the process. 

Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing Makes Water Heater Replacement Fast 

Procrastinating water heater replacement puts you at risk of leaks that can damage your residence. Also, there’s the annoyance of lacking hot water. If your water heater is old or showing hints it needs to be replaced, give our Experts a call at 866-397-3787 to request a free home comfort assessment. From capacity to energy efficiency, we’ll discuss all the options so you can make the right decision for your house. 

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