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What Is the Lifespan of a Hot Water Heater?

Posted by P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling on Tue, Nov 08, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

Man checking thermostatYour hot water system plays an important role in keeping your family comfortable. When your hot water heater dies or something goes wrong it can be a really hard pill to swallow. This is why it's a good idea to have some knowledge as to how old your system is and how long it might last.

The Lifespan of a Hot Water Heater

There are many things that can affect the life expectancy of a hot water heater. From installation to the type of system you have, the life expectancy can vary. The average life expectancy according to manufacturers is somewhere between eight to 12 years.

Things like the design of the unit, where it's located in your home, and how it was installed can shorten or increase the life of your hot water heater.  The most important impact is how well the unit is maintained- this is especially important for today's higher efficiency units.  Too often the hot water heater is forgotten or ignored.  Water quality can be another key- hard water can destroy a hot water tank in a matter of years.  

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Has Your Hot Water Heater Given Up?

It can be hard to know if the lifespan of a hot water heater is at its end, however, there are some signs to watch for:

  • Standing water or leaks around the base of the tank
  • An older system which is 15 to 20 years old and is noisy or unable to heat water consistently.  Listen for tell tail popping sounds
  • You live in an area with hard water and your aging hot water system is having trouble producing hot water 
  • Your water heater is unable to produce consistent hot water for your home

Ask your heating professional to inform you of the age of your hot water tank.  If you're experiencing any of the above symptoms with an older hot water system you may want to contact an expert.

Should You Repair or Replace?

This question should really be answered by an expert. A water heater installation and repair expert will be able to assess your system and let you know if repairs can be made or if it's time for a new system.

Contact the team at P.K. Wadsworth for all your water heater repair and replacement needs.

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