Are you having issues with your water heater? Water heaters, whether we’re talking tanks or tankless, are usually dependable appliances. When they start showing signs of trouble, it might be time to replace your water heater… or you might get by with just a repair. How do you tell the difference? Read on.
How Long Do Hot Water Tanks Last?
Hot water tanks last an average of 8-12 years. These hard-working appliances excel at multitasking — first heating up your household water supply, then keeping it hot 24 hours a day, so it’s always ready when you want to take a shower or wash some dishes. Because this causes wear and tear, hot water tanks have a shorter lifespan than tankless water heaters.
How Long Do Tankless Water Heaters Last?
Tankless water heaters heat water for you on-demand, without the need to store it. You can expect your tankless water heater to last as long as 20 years.
7 Signs You Need a New Water Heater
Water Heater Is Too Old
How old is “too old” for water heaters? As we mentioned, the upper limit tends to be approximately an 8 to 12-year lifespan for a hot water tank or 20 years for an on-demand heater. That’s assuming you’ve been conscientious about maintenance.
How to Check the Age of Your Water Heater
If you’re not sure of your water heater’s age (perhaps it was already in place when you bought your home), there’s a quick way to check. For newer models, the date of manufacture is indicated clearly on the label. If your unit is older, look for either the installation date or the serial number — usually, the first few digits will tell you the date it was made.
Too Many Repairs
It just doesn’t make financial sense to keep paying to patch up an aging appliance. When your water heater needs too many repairs, consider investing your money in a new, more efficient model instead.
Rusty Water Heater
Rust is your water heater’s worst enemy since a rusty water tank leads to leaks and water damage in your home. First, check the pressure relief valve and water inlet. Any rust on these two components tends to be a good clue that rust is also forming inside the tank and will eventually eat through the metal unless you install a replacement.
Water Heater Noises
Rumbling, sizzling, or popping sounds from your water heater may signal trouble ahead. They are often caused by leakage or mineral sediment buildup on the bottom of the tank. In the early stages, it might be possible to fix these issues, but without prompt attention, you may end up needing a new water heater. An early sign of this issue is finding your hot water becoming too hot.
Leaking Water Heater
Unfortunately, leaks from the hot water tank can’t be repaired. Sorry, but you’ll have to begin looking for a replacement.
Hot Water Is a Rusty Color
Rusty brownish hot water is often a warning of rust inside your water tank. To be sure that this is the source, check that turning on your cold faucet produces clear, colorless water. If so, you’ll probably need a new water heater.
Hot Water Not Hot Enough
A variety of factors can cause hot water that is just not as hot as you would like. Have a professional diagnose your water heater if you’ve checked that the thermostat was not set lower than usual. The problem might be a faulty heating element, a damaged gas valve (for a gas water heater), a broken dip tube, or a mineral buildup. Alternatively, the heater may be too small for your household needs, which generally means replacing your heater is the best idea.
For the Hot Water You Need
Hot water is a daily essential in today’s homes. For the reliable hot water supply you need, True Climate Heat + Air offers expert local water heater repair and replacement in Oklahoma City and Edmond. Contact us today for all of your plumbing, heating, and air needs!