No hot water heater has an unlimited lifespan. As with any piece of equipment or appliance that works day in and day out typically we stand by good luck – “still runs like a champ” , but of course, that is only until it doesn’t.
Three Most Common Types
*All come with different warranties
- Gas fired stand alone
- Indirect (Stainless Steel)
- Tankless (On-demand)
The Importance of Regular Checkups
The lifespan of a water heater depends both on the quality of the equipment, and the quality of the water running through it. Typically, those who live in areas with hard water or areas with humidity tend to replace a water heater more often.
While most wait until their water heater shows signs of trouble, only regular routine maintenance can help avoid problems. Regular routine maintenance entails:
- Getting rid of collected sediment to keep your unit running efficiently & prevent corrosion
- Draining the water heater
- Testing the pressure relief valve
- Maintaining the temperature setting
Replace or Repair?
If your water heater is more than 10 years old, leaks around the base of the tank, works erratically or not well it probably needs to be replaced.
Before making repairs or replacing check the nameplate for model & serial numbers, tank capacity, working pressure & wattage capacity / voltage of the heating elements.
Either way, a professional can provide a variety of options that will help you make your decision, based on your needs.
- What types is best suited for your needs
- Heat pump
- Need an upgrade
- Recovery Rate
- Location Dimensions
- Energy Efficiency – ENERGY STAR