When Will My Water Heater Need Replacing? 

You probably don’t think about your water heater much until it quits heating. And you’re faced with chilly showers. It works hard to offer your the U.S. household with warm water 24 hours a day, and, unsurprisingly, it will eventually wear out.


Here’s how long your water heater will likely last and some hints 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 on.

Tank Water Heater

The majority of households have a tank water heater that retains 40 to 50 gallons of water. This type continually makes water warm, so it’s always at the proper temp when you need it. Tank water heaters are bestsellers because of their more economical purchase price, but they don’t often work as long as other types.

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

Tank water heaters can stop working as the result of many troubles, but an oxidized tank is one of the most frequent. Your water heater has a special part known as an anode rod that extracts corrosive grit from the water. Down the road, the rod will rust, and grit will increase at the base of your water heater, corroding the lining within the tank.

Tankless Water Heater

A tankless water heater has a much greater life expectancy than its tank-style equivalents. These water heaters may run as long as 20 years.

Along with lasting for a longer amount of time, tankless hot water heaters are very energy efficient. As opposed to storing large amounts of water that’s warmed all the time, a tankless model warms up water when you want it. This does away with standby heating and the impact it has on your monthly gas and electrical bills.

You might not know this, but heating water takes up a big portion of your energy 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 provide lifelong 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 Signs Your Water Heater is Wearing Out

Your hot water heater will start showing hints that it needs to be replaced. Here’s what to look for and when to get in touch with a plumbing pro like Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.

1. Insufficient Enough Hot Water

This is one of the most common signs that your water heater is nearing the end of its life. You could notice heated water getting depleted more quickly, or that it requires extra time to get warm water.

2. Leaks

We recommed calling a plumber if you’re experiencing water leaks or water accumulating around the base of your water heater. In some instances you could just need to have connections tightened or a component replaced, but it could also be a sign the tank is compromised.

3. Water is Cloudy

If you live in a region with hard water and don’t have a water softener, you’re typically accustomed to having cloudy water. But if your water all of a sudden changes from clear to cloudy or starts smelling metallic, we advise having your water heater examined by a pro to avoid damaging leaks. Quick changes in your water clarity means sediment is likely growing in the tank and corroding it.

4. Strange Noises

It’s common for your water heater to generate some noise as it operates. But popping and rumbling is never normal and is a sign you should get specialized assistance. As sediment accumulates in the tank, your water heater has to work harder and could need extra energy in the process.

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

Putting off water heater replacement could result in that can damage your home. Also, there’s the irritation of not having hot water. If your water heater is old or showing hints it needs to be replaced, give our Experts a call at 866-397-3787 to request a free home comfort assessment. From capacity to energy efficiency, we’ll discuss all the options so you can make the right decision for your home.

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