How to Know When to Break Up With An Old Water Heater

The Right Time For a New Water Heater

The water heater gets daily usage in most homes as it provides the household with hot water for essential tasks such as cooking or cleaning. Homeowners may take their water heater for granted until it breaks down. Hot water on demand is critical to the safety and comfort of modern homes.

In this article, our expert plumbers share advice on when to replace that old water heater. No water heater can last forever, and after about ten years, most water heaters need frequent maintenance and repairs. By returning an outdated water heater, homeowners can keep their utility bills low, spend less time on water heater maintenance, and protect the safety of their homes.

Aging Water Heater Malfunctioning

After about ten years, homeowners may notice that their water heater is less efficient than it used to be. Most water heaters only last between eight to 12 years, with an average life expectancy of ten years. By doing regular system maintenance, homeowners can drastically improve the longevity of their system.

Some water heaters last longer than others. Electric water heaters last up to 15 years, which is slightly longer than their gas water heater counterparts. The most efficient type of water heater system is a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters reduce energy use for maximum efficiency and last for around 20 years, ten years longer than gas water heaters.

Preventing a Leaking Water Heater

Leaking water heater When a water heater starts to leak, it could indicate a severe problem. Water heater leaks should never be ignored because if the water reaches the home’s electrical wiring, it could lead to a house fire. Doing regular water heater service can help prevent water heater leaks.

The most common reason for a leaking water tank is corrosion is a build-up of sediment within the system. Sediment build-up in water heaters results from natural minerals in the water separating into solids when heated.

Over time the sediment can be too much for the system, causing the internal pressure to spike, which wears down the inside of the tank until it springs a leak. The technician will safely remove sediment from the tank during water heater maintenance to prevent corrosion.


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Water Heater Is Not Working

When the water heater fails to heat water, this indicates a problem with the system. A broken heating element could be why the system is not working. Replacing the water heater may be the only option if the heating element is not repairable.

Another reason why a water heater may not be working correctly, especially if it is a newly installed system, is if the water heater tank is improperly fitted. Trusting an experienced local water heater installer with water heater installation and maintenance can help to prevent problems down the line. Improper installation can void manufacturers’ warranties, cause a spike in the power bill, and be dangerous for the safety of the household.

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