How Long Does a Water Heater Last?

You probably don’t think about your water heater much until it stops running. And you’re faced with frigid showers. It works hard to offer your Niagara Falls household with heated water 24/7, and, unsurprisingly, it will give out at some point.

Here’s how long you can expect your water heater to last and some indications that yours is nearing the end of its life. In the end, how long your water heater will keep working depends on what type you use and how frequently it’s working.

Tank Water Heater

Many households have a tank water heater that contains 40 to 50 gallons of water. This kind constantly makes water warm, so it’s always at the right temperature when you want it. Tank water heaters are very common due to their cheaper purchase price, but they don’t often last as long as other kinds.

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

Tank water heaters can stop working as the result of numerous problems, but a rusted tank is one of the most typical. Your water heater has a special piece referred to as an anode rod that draws corrosive particles from the water. Down the road, the rod will corrode, and grit will accumulate at the bottom of your water heater, corroding the lining inside the tank.

Tankless Water Heater

A tankless water heater has a much longer life span than its tank-style counterparts. These water heaters could work up to 20 years.

Along with running for a greater amount of time, tankless hot water heaters are extremely energy efficient. Instead of storing large amounts of water that’s heated all the time, a tankless model heats water when you need it. This gets rid of standby heating and the effect it has on your monthly gas and electrical expenses.

You might not realize it, but warming up water accounts for a sizeable chunk of your heating and cooling expenses. In actuality, it’s the second largest source of energy use in a regular residence, according to ENERGY STAR®.

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

4 Hints Your Water Heater is Wearing Out

Your hot water heater will start to show signs that it needs to be replaced. Here’s what to watch and when to call a plumbing professional like Niagara Home Services by Enercare.

1. Not Enough Hot Water

This is one of the most common signs that your water heater needs to be replaced. You might notice heated water getting depleted more rapidly, or that you need additional time for water to warm up.

2. Leaks

We recommed calling a plumber if you’re having water leaks or water pooling by the bottom of your water heater. In some instances you could just need to have connections secured or a part replaced, but it can also be a symptom the tank is compromised.

3. Water Looks White

If you reside in a region with hard water and don’t have a water softener, you’re typically used to having cloudy water. But if your water all of a sudden goes from clear to cloudy or starts smelling metallic, we recommend having your water heater inspected by a pro to stop damaging leaks. Immediate changes in your water clarity means sediment is possibly building up in the tank and corroding it.

4. Strange Noises

It’s common for your water heater to create some noise as it runs. But popping and rumbling isn’t normal and is a sign you should call for pro support. As sediment builds up in the tank, your water heater has to work harder and might need more energy in the process.

Niagara Home Services by Enercare Makes Water Heater Replacement Simple

Waiting too long for water heater replacement could result in that can damage your home. Also, there’s the annoyance 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 289-273-2229 to request 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 residence.