You usually don’t think about your water heater a lot until it gives up running. And you’re facing cold showers. It works hard to offer your Windsor family with heated water 24/7, and, naturally, it will give out at some point.
Here’s how long you can expect your water heater to last and some indications that yours is nearing the end of its life. In the end, how long your water heater will keep running depends on what kind you rely on and how much it’s running.
Tank Water Heater
Most people have a tank water heater that retains 40 to 50 gallons of water. This type continually warms water, so it’s always at the correct temperature when you desire it. Tank water heaters are popular as a result of their cheaper price tag, but they don’t typically run as long as other models.
Here’s how many years you can expect yours to run:
Tank water heaters can fail because of many troubles, but a rusted tank is one of the most frequent. Your water heater has a special part called an anode rod that draws corrosive grit from the water. At some point, the rod will rust, and fragments will build up at the bottom of your water heater, rusting out the lining within the tank.
Tankless Water Heater
A tankless water heater has a much longer working life than its tank-style counterparts. These water heaters may run as long as 20 years.
Besides running longer, tankless hot water heaters are very energy efficient. Rather than keeping huge amounts of water that’s reheated all the time, a tankless model warms up water on demand. This does away with standby heating and the effect it has on your monthly energy bills.
You might not realize it, but warming water is a big portion of your utility bills. In fact, it’s the second biggest source of energy consumption in a standard house, according to ENERGY STAR®.
Tankless water heaters are higher priced than tank water heaters, but they provide lasting energy savings. They are usually 24% to 34% more efficient than a water heater that holds on to water, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
4 Signs Your Water Heater is Going Bad
Your hot water heater will begin showing signs that it needs to be replaced. Here’s what to be on the lookout for and when to call a plumbing professional like Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts.
1. Not Enough Hot Water
This is one of the most typical symptoms that your water heater is nearing the end of its life. You might see hot water getting depleted faster, or that it’s taking extra time to get warm water.
It’s time to call a plumber if you’re experiencing water leaks or water gathering near the bottom of your water heater. In some instances you could just need to have connections tightened or a component replaced, but it may also be a indication the tank is broken.
3. Water is Cloudy
If you are in an area with hard water and don’t have a water softener, you’re typically used to having cloudy water. But if your water suddenly goes from clear to cloudy or starts smelling like metal, we advise having your water heater checked by a specialist to prevent damaging leaks. Quick changes in your water clarity means sediment is probably building up in the tank and corroding it.
4. Odd Noises
It’s normal for your water heater to generate some noise as it works. But popping and rumbling is never normal and is a sign you need specialized support. As sediment accumulates in the tank, your water heater has to work harder and might use additional energy in the process.
Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts Makes Water Heater Replacement Easy
Putting off water heater replacement could lead to that can damage your home. Also, there’s the irritation of not having heated water. If your water heater is old or showing hints it needs to be replaced, reach our Experts at 226-773-3357 to get a free home comfort assessment. From capacity to energy efficiency, we’ll review all the options so you can make the right decision for your house.