How Long Does a Water Heater Last?

You likely don’t think about your water heater at all until it gives up heating. And you’re facing frigid showers. It works hard to offer your Austin household with hot water 24 hours a day, and, naturally, it will stop working eventually.

Here’s how long your water heater will probably last and some clues that yours is wearing out. Ultimately, how long your water heater will keep working depends on what kind you use and how often it’s working.

Tank Water Heater

Most households have a tank water heater that holds 40 to 50 gallons of water. This kind constantly warms water, so it’s always at the right setting when you desire it. Tank water heaters are very common as a result of their more economical cost, but they don’t often work as long as other models.

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

Tank water heaters can stop working because of a lot of issues, but a corroded tank is one of the most typical. Your water heater has a special component called an anode rod that extracts corrosive particles from the water. At some point, the rod will rust, and grit will build up at the base of your water heater, rusting out the lining in the tank.

Tankless Water Heater

A tankless water heater has a much longer life expectancy than its tank-style cousins. These water heaters may last as many as 20 years.

Along with working longer, tankless hot water heaters are highly energy efficient. Rather than keeping big amounts of water that’s reheated all the time, a tankless model warms water when you want it. This does away with standby heating and the effect it has on your monthly gas and electrical expenses.

You might not know this, but heating water is a big chunk of your heating and cooling expenses. In reality, it’s the second biggest source of energy use in a regular house, according to ENERGY STAR®.

Tankless water heaters are pricier than tank water heaters, but they have lasting energy savings. They can be 24% to 34% more efficient than a water heater that retains water, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

4 Hints Your Water Heater is Going Bad

Your hot water heater will begin showing indications that it’s breaking down. Here’s what to watch and when to get in touch with a plumbing pro like Strand Brothers Service Experts.

1. Insufficient Enough Hot Water

This is one of the most common symptoms that your water heater is wearing out. You may see hot water getting used up more quickly, or that it’s taking extra time to have hot water.

2. Leaks

We recommed calling a plumber if you’re having water leaks or water gathering by the bottom of your water heater. In some instances you could just need to have connections tightened or a piece replaced, but it may also be a indication the tank is broken.

3. Water Isn’t Clear

If you live in a location with hard water and don’t have a water softener, you’re likely accustomed to having cloudy water. But if your water unexpectedly goes from clear to cloudy or starts smelling like metal, we recommend having your water heater examined by a plumber to prevent damaging leaks. Sudden changes in your water clarity means sediment is possibly accumulating in the tank and oxidizing it.

4. Odd Noises

It’s expected for your water heater to generate some noise as it works. But popping and rumbling is not normal and is a hint you should get professional help. As sediment accumulates in the tank, your water heater has to work harder and could consume added energy in the process.

Strand Brothers Service Experts Makes Water Heater Replacement Simple

Procrastinating water heater replacement could result in that can damage your home. Not to mention, the inconvenience of being without heated water. If your water heater is old or showing signs it needs to be replaced, give our Experts a call at 512-596-1257 to get a free home comfort assessment. From capacity to energy efficiency, we’ll review all the options so you can make the ideal decision for your residence.

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