When Will My Water Heater Need to be Replaced? 

You usually don’t think about your water heater a lot until it stops running. And you’re facing chilly showers. It works hard to give your the U.S. household with heated water around the clock, and, as expected, it will eventually wear out. 

Here’s how long you can expect your water heater to last and some warning signs that yours is wearing out. In conclusion, how long your water heater will keep running depends on what kind you use and how much it’s working. 

Tank Water Heater 

The majority of people have a tank water heater that retains 40 to 50 gallons of water. This type continuously heats water, so it’s always at the correct setting when you desire it. Tank water heaters are bestsellers due to their cheaper price tag, but they don’t often run as long as other kinds. 

Here’s how long you can expect yours to run: 

Tank water heaters can quit working as the result of a lot of issues, but a rusted tank is one of the most frequent. Your water heater has a special piece referred to as an anode rod that extracts corrosive particles from the water. Eventually, the rod will corrode, and grit will build up at the foundation of your water heater, corroding the lining within the tank. 

Tankless Water Heater 

A tankless water heater has a much greater life span than its tank-style equivalents. These water heaters could last up to 20 years. 

Besides running for a greater amount of time, tankless hot water heaters are extremely energy efficient. As opposed to storing large amounts of water that’s reheated continuously, a tankless model heats water on demand. This does away with standby heating and the impact it has on your monthly utility bills. 

You might not know this, but heating up water takes up a sizeable portion of your utility expenses. In actuality, it’s the second highest source of energy consumption in a standard home, according to ENERGY STAR®

Tankless water heaters are higher priced than tank water heaters, but they offer lifelong energy savings. They can be 24% to 34% more efficient than a water heater that holds on to water, according to the U.S. Department of Energy

4 Signs Your Water Heater is Going Bad 

Your hot water heater will begin showing signs that it needs to be replaced. Here’s what to look for and when to call a plumbing professional like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. 

1. Not Enough Hot Water 

This is one of the most frequently encountered symptoms that your water heater is nearing the end of its life. You may notice heated water getting depleted faster, or that it requires extra time for water to heat up. 

2. Leaks 

You should call a plumber if you’re having water leaks or water pooling by the base of your water heater. In some cases you might just need to have connections checked or a piece replaced, but it could also be a symptom the tank is damaged. 

3. Water Isn’t Clear 

If you are in an area with hard water and don’t have a water softener, you’re probably familiar with having cloudy water. But if your water all of a sudden switches from clear to cloudy or starts smelling metal-like, you should have your water heater checked by a plumber to stop damaging leaks. Sudden changes in your water clarity means sediment is likely growing in the tank and rusting it. 

4. Strange Noises 

It’s typical for your water heater to create some noise as it works. But popping and rumbling is not normal and is a sign you need specialized support. As sediment grows in the tank, your water heater has to work harder and may consume additional energy in the process. 

Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing Makes Water Heater Replacement Simple 

Putting off water heater replacement could lead to that can damage your home. There’s also the irritation of lacking hot water. If your water heater is past its prime or showing clues it needs to be replaced, reach our Experts at 866-397-3787 to schedule 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 house. 

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