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How Long Do Water Heaters Last?

November 21, 2022 | Blog

Hot water isn’t exactly a necessity, but it is a luxury that most homeowners depend on! Your water heater allows you to use warm water for cooking, cleaning and much more. But as your system grows older, you may want to start thinking about investing in a potential water heater replacement.

At Hi-Tech Plumbing & Leak Detect, we understand the importance of having hot water! Our team of expert plumbers wants to help you know more about your water heater so it can consistently operate at peak performance. Read ahead to learn when you should replace your system and how you can maintain it over time!

Tanked vs. Tankless Water Heaters

There are many types of water heaters, each of which has a different service life. A tanked system acquires its power from natural gas or electricity. It uses a large tank to heat and store water in advance, ready for when you need it. These units typically last between 8 and 12 years.

On the other hand, a tankless system has a longer lifespan. They usually last up to 20 years but can operate longer with the proper maintenance. Tankless heaters use modern technology to function, only warming water when needed. As a result, these units conserve energy in your home.

Signs You May Need To Replace Your Hot Water Heater

Unfortunately, your system will start to malfunction as it grows older. The heater will begin showing signs of needing a replacement as it reaches the end of its lifespan. A few indicators to look out for are:

  • Rust in fluid
  • Unit isn’t producing heat
  • Leaks
  • Abnormal sounds
  • Sediment forming at the bottom of the heater

If you notice these symptoms, it’s crucial to address them quickly. Failure to correct these problems can cause your heater to burst and potentially create significant water damage. A professional plumber can help you assess the situation with ease and efficiency.

How To Maintain Your Water Heater

Although your system can’t last forever, giving it the proper care can help increase its lifespan! Regular maintenance and upkeep will undoubtedly help your unit last longer. Below are a few things you can do to keep your system in good condition.

Purchase An Expansion Tank

Warm water will expand as heat is added. Since the initial tank is not expandable, the liquid will cause internal pressure levels to rise and increase the likelihood of the system bursting. An expansion tank helps reduce the pressure in the fluid, keeping the unit in good condition.

Check The Anode Rod

The anode rod protects your unit from rusting. However, the rod will corrode over time and need replacing every 3 to 4 years. This tiny component is capable of significantly extending your unit’s service life. You can inspect it on your own to ensure that it’s still intact.

Schedule Annual Inspections

Having a professional inspect your heater is one of the best things you can do for your system. They can replace malfunctioning parts and flush your system to keep it healthy. Ultimately, a plumber can ensure that it’s working effectively, keeping it in excellent condition!

Keep Warm With Edmond Water Heater Repair

Are you noticing any problems with your household water heater? Hi-Tech Plumbing & Leak Detect is here to help! Our team prioritizes your comfort and strives to provide reliable solutions for all your plumbing-related needs. Contact us today to schedule a water heater repair service!

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