A hot shower in the morning is a great start to the day – unless your water heater is out. If your unit is only a few years old, you can probably repair it and be fine. If it’s older, though, it may be time to replace it. But just how long should my water heater last? Roy’s experts are here to explain.
Age alone isn’t always the issue – maintenance history, water quality, and usage can affect how long a water heater will last. The type of water heater also plays a part. Many factors affect the life expectancy of a water heater, but it’s essential to recognize the signs of aging and other outside factors that can affect it.
Tank Water Heaters
A traditional tank water heater can last 8 to 12 years on average. The interior is protected by an anode rod that attracts corrosive particles. Once the rod has corroded too much, those particles can settle in the bottom of the tank and build up over time, destroying the lining. Some other tell-tale signs your water heater is on its last leg are a weird smell or taste in the water, a drop in water temperature, water leaking from the bottom, and strange banging noises. If you notice any of these signs, it may be time for a new one.
Luckily, you can prevent premature breakdowns with regular maintenance. Flushing your water heater helps eliminate buildup and debris that can lead to corrosion. Schedule a service call with Roy’s when it’s time for a flush and fill!
Tankless Water Heaters
On-demand water heaters do not constantly work to supply hot water, which makes them last longer than traditional tank water heaters. Tankless water heaters can last nearly 20 years or longer. However, tankless water heaters can also rust on the inside and require replacement. It may be time to repair if you notice a drop in water pressure, leaking, or changes in other appliances.
Like traditional water heaters, tankless water heaters require regular maintenance. It is recommended to flush your tankless water heater once a year to keep it in good shape.
Finding the correct water heater can be difficult, so let Roy’s help you find the right one for your home.