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How Long Is a Water Heater Supposed to Last?

How Long Is a Water Heater Supposed to Last?

undefinedThere is something truly awful about being in the middle of a shower or washing a load of dishes and have the hot water just disappear. A cold blast of water is fairly shocking, and it can make it very challenging to rinse away shampoo or soap effectively. That is why it is best to keep close tabs on the age and performance of any water heater in your home or property, and always get water heater repair done quickly and by experts. Of course, knowing the age and condition of the water heater can also give you a bit of a heads up about when it is time to replace the unit.

Ask Home Experts

If you speak with home experts like the famous Bob Vila, they tell you that a “traditional tank-type water heater lasts an average of eight to 12 years.” The tankless type will last for two decades or longer. That tells us that the type of tank you have plays a key role in figuring out how long you can expect it to last. However, it is also important to note that both types (tank and tankless) have a definite life span and that both eventually need some sort of replacement.

Corrosion Is the Key

If you are eager to know when you should consider replacing a system, it has to determine when you need water heater repair. This is because the technician doing the work can tell you how much corrosion is occurring inside of the tank. When you have a standard tank-style heater, the anode rod that does all of the heating will be unable to work properly once corrosion (or signs of it) appear along the bottom of the tank. Once you see corrosion in this area, it is only a matter of time before the system fails. The tankless systems also corrode, and at that point, they too need replacement.

Getting Repairs

Many homeowners want to prolong replacement with water heater repair and will call for services if the heater is making noise, emitting discolored water, shows signs it cannot maintain a certain temperature, and so on. However, most of those problems are also indicators that a new system is needed.

Don’t hesitate to call for service or repair if you experience issues with a water heater. Plumb Perfect Plumbing is available 24/7 for clients in the Fredericksburg, VA and can do repairs or replacements as needed.