How Long Does a Water Heater Last?

You probably don’t think about your water heater much until it stops running. And you’re facing cold showers. It works hard to provide your Belleville household with warm water 24 hours a day, and, naturally, it will eventually wear out.

Here’s how long you can expect your water heater to last and some hints that yours is nearing the end of its life. Ultimately, how long your water heater will last depends on what kind you use and how much it’s working.

Tank Water Heater

The majority of households have a tank water heater that retains 40 to 50 gallons of water. This style continually heats water, so it’s always at the right temp when you want it. Tank water heaters are bestsellers as a result of their more economical purchase price, but they don’t usually last as long as other models.

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

Tank water heaters can stop working as the result of many troubles, but a rusted tank is one of the most typical. Your water heater has a special piece known as an anode rod that removes corrosive particles from the water. Eventually, the rod will rust, and fragments will increase at the base of your water heater, rusting out the lining in the tank.

Tankless Water Heater

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

In addition to running for a longer amount of time, tankless hot water heaters are very energy efficient. As opposed to retaining huge amounts of water that’s reheated continuously, a tankless model warms water when you need it. This gets rid of standby heating and the impact it has on your monthly gas and electrical bills.

You might not realize it, but heating water is a large chunk of your heating and cooling bills. In reality, it’s the second highest source of energy consumption 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 are usually 24% to 34% more efficient than a water heater that holds on to water, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

4 Hints Your Water Heater is Going Bad

Your hot water heater will start to show signs that it’s breaking down. Here’s what to look for and when to call a plumbing pro like D&K Home Services by Enercare.

1. Not Enough Hot Water

This is one of the most typical symptoms that your water heater needs to be replaced. You might notice warm water running out more rapidly, or that you need additional time for water to heat up.

2. Leaks

It’s time to call a plumber if you’re experiencing water leaks or water accumulating near the base of your water heater. In some instances you may just need to have connections checked or a part replaced, but it might also be a sign the tank is broken.

3. Water Looks White

If you live in a region with hard water and don’t have a water softener, you’re likely familiar with having cloudy water. But if your water unexpectedly goes from clear to cloudy or starts smelling metal-like, we advise having your water heater checked by a plumber to avoid damaging leaks. Immediate changes in your water clarity means sediment is likely growing in the tank and rusting it.

4. Odd Noises

It’s normal for your water heater to create some noise as it operates. But popping and rumbling isn’t normal and is a symptom you need pro assistance. As sediment accumulates in the tank, your water heater has to work harder and could consume extra energy in the process.

D&K Home Services by Enercare Makes Water Heater Replacement Easy

Waiting too long for water heater replacement puts you at risk of leaks that can damage your residence. Not to mention, the irritation of being without hot water. If your water heater is old or showing hints it needs to be replaced, give our Experts a call at 613-707-2421 to request a free home comfort assessment. From capacity to energy efficiency, we’ll discuss all the options so you can make the ideal decision for your house.