How Long Does a Water Heater Last?

Some surprises are great – like a surprise birthday party, family reunion, or job promotion. However, one surprise that no one enjoys is a water heater that suddenly stops working. Since we have many different appliances in our homes these days, it can be hard to remember how old your water heater is and how long it’s supposed to last. Don’t worry, we have you covered.

5 Different Types of Water Heaters For Your Home

Average service life of water heaters

A traditional tank water heater should last 8-12 years. In order to extend the service life of your unit, be sure to perform regular maintenance such as draining the tank to remove sediment and debris.

On the other hand, a tankless water heater can last upwards of 20 years. 

How to determine the age of a water heater

If you bought a house and don’t know how old the water heater is, you don’t have to guess or cross your finger that it’s on the newer side. Instead, you can narrow down on the age of the unit by finding the serial number and searching online for the manufacturer’s serial number format. In most cases, the year the unit was manufactured is incorporated in the serial number. If you’re still unsure, give us a call and we’ll help you out.

Signs that it’s time to replace your tank water heater

Age is only one factor that can determine when it’s time to replace your water heater. If your unit is older but still working properly, you don’t necessarily need to spend money on a replacement yet. But be ready because water heaters break down quickly and with little warning.

To give yourself the best chance of catching it before it dies, look out for these warning signs. 

  • Water coming out is not as hot as it should be
  • Rust and corrosion
  • Noises such as banging or rumbling
  • Drain valve not draining water
  • Leaks around the base of the tanks

Water heater installation in Little Rock

When a water heater dies, it can cause a messy leak, water damage, and you to be stuck without hot water for a period of time. For those reasons, we recommend that you replace the unit before it breaks down, and not waiting until it’s too late.

If you’re unsure how much longer your water heater will keep working, contact the experts at Whitten Plumbing. We can inspect the unit and recommend whether it’s time to replace it or not. To schedule a consultation, call us today at (501) 607-6596.

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