When Will My Water Heater Need to be Replaced? 

You probably don’t think about your water heater at all until it gives up heating. And you’re facing cold showers. It works hard to give your the U.S. household with hot water 24/7, and, as expected, it will eventually wear out.


Here’s how long you can expect your water heater to last and some hints that yours is wearing out. In conclusion, how long your water heater will keep running depends on what model you have and how frequently it’s running.

Tank Water Heater

The majority of homes have a tank water heater that contains 40 to 50 gallons of water. This type continually heats water, so it’s always at the right temp when you desire it. Tank water heaters are bestsellers due to their cheaper price tag, but they don’t often work as long as other kinds.

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

Tank water heaters can stop working due to a lot of issues, but a rusted tank is one of the most common. Your water heater has a special piece referred to as an anode rod that draws corrosive fragments from the water. Down the road, the rod will corrode, and particles will increase at the base of your water heater, rusting out the lining within the tank.

Tankless Water Heater

A tankless water heater has a much greater working life than its tank-style cousins. These water heaters can run as many as 20 years.

Besides working for a longer amount of time, tankless hot water heaters are extremely energy efficient. Rather than retaining large amounts of water that’s reheated continuously, a tankless model heats water when you want it. This does away with standby heating and the impact it has on your monthly gas and electrical costs.

You might not realize it, but warming up water takes up a large portion of your heating and cooling expenses. In reality, it’s the second biggest source of energy utilization in a standard house, according to ENERGY STAR®.

Tankless water heaters are higher priced than tank water heaters, but they offer lasting 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 Indications Your Water Heater is Wearing Out

Your hot water heater will begin to show clues that it’s dying. Here’s what to be on the lookout for and when to call a plumbing professional like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.

1. Insufficient Enough Hot Water

This is one of the most typical symptoms that your water heater is nearing the end of its life. You might see hot water getting depleted faster, or that it’s taking extra time for water to heat up.

2. Leaks

You should call a plumber if you’re seeing water leaks or water accumulating around the foundation of your water heater. In some cases you could just need to have connections checked or a part replaced, but it might also be a indication the tank is broken.

3. Water Isn’t Clear

If you are in an area with hard water and don’t have a water softener, you’re probably accustomed to having cloudy water. But if your water all of a sudden switches from clear to cloudy or starts smelling metallic, we recommend having your water heater examined by a plumber to prevent damaging leaks. Immediate changes in your water clarity means sediment is likely growing in the tank and corroding it.

4. Strange Noises

It’s normal for your water heater to generate some noise as it operates. But popping and rumbling is not normal and is a symptom you need professional help. As sediment accumulates in the tank, your water heater has to work harder and may consume added energy in the process.

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

Waiting too long for water heater replacement could result in that can damage your home. Also, there’s the annoyance of being without warm water. If your water heater is outdated or showing clues it needs to be replaced, give our Experts a call at 866-397-3787 to get a free home comfort assessment. From capacity to energy efficiency, we’ll go over all the options so you can make the right decision for your home.

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