How Long Does a Water Heater Last?

You usually don’t think about your water heater a lot until it stops running. And you’re facing cold showers. It works hard to give your Kitchener household with heated water 24 hours a day, and, as expected, it will stop working eventually.

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 working depends on what type you have and how often it’s working.

Tank Water Heater

Most people have a tank water heater that contains 40 to 50 gallons of water. This kind continually makes water warm, so it’s always at the right temp when you need it. Tank water heaters are very common due to their lower purchase price, but they don’t typically work as long as other types.

Here’s how much time you can expect yours to run:

Tank water heaters can stop working because of numerous troubles, but an oxidized tank is one of the most frequent. Your water heater has a special part called an anode rod that removes corrosive particles from the water. Eventually, the rod will corrode, and grit will build up at the bottom of your water heater, corroding the lining in the tank.

Tankless Water Heater

A tankless water heater has a much longer life expectancy than its tank-style counterparts. These water heaters could run as many as 20 years.

In addition to running longer, tankless hot water heaters are very energy efficient. Instead of storing big amounts of water that’s heated all the time, a tankless model warms up water on demand. This eliminates standby heating and the effect it has on your monthly gas and electrical expenses.

You might not know this, but warming water takes up a big chunk of your utility bills. In reality, it’s the second biggest source of energy utilization in a standard house, according to ENERGY STAR®.

Tankless water heaters are more expensive than tank water heaters, but they have long-term 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 Signs Your Water Heater is Dying

Your hot water heater will start showing signs that it’s dying. Here’s what to look for and when to contact a plumbing pro like Hammond Home Services by Enercare.

1. Not Enough Hot Water

This is one of the most common clues that your water heater needs to be replaced. You might notice heated water running out more rapidly, or that you need extra time for water to heat up.

2. Leaks

You should call a plumber if you’re experiencing water leaks or water accumulating around the base of your water heater. Sometimes you might just need to have connections secured or a part replaced, but it might also be a sign the tank is damaged.

3. Water is Cloudy

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 changes from clear to cloudy or starts smelling metallic, we advise having your water heater inspected by a plumber to prevent damaging leaks. Immediate changes in your water clarity means sediment is likely building up in the tank and corroding it.

4. Strange Noises

It’s expected for your water heater to make some noise as it runs. But popping and rumbling is never normal and is a symptom you should get professional assistance. As sediment accumulates in the tank, your water heater has to work harder and may consume added energy in the process.

Hammond Home Services by Enercare Makes Water Heater Replacement Fast

Procrastinating water heater replacement could lead to that can damage your residence. Also, there’s the annoyance of not having warm water. If your water heater is past its prime or showing clues it needs to be replaced, give our Experts a call at 226-240-1120 to request a free home comfort assessment. From capacity to energy efficiency, we’ll review all the options so you can make the right decision for your residence.

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