When Will My Water Heater Need Replacing? 

You usually don’t think about your water heater much until it quits working. And you’re dealing with frigid showers. It works hard to give your Nashville family with heated water 24/7, and, naturally, it will stop working eventually. 

Here’s how long you can expect your water heater to last and some clues that yours is nearing the end of its life. In conclusion, how long your water heater will keep running depends on what model you rely on and how frequently it’s running. 

Tank Water Heater 

The majority of people have a tank water heater that contains 40 to 50 gallons of water. This type constantly makes water warm, so it’s always at the correct setting when you need it. Tank water heaters are very common due to their lower price tag, but they don’t often run as long as other models. 

Here’s how much time you can expect yours to last: 

Tank water heaters can stop working as the result of numerous problems, but a corroded tank is one of the most typical. Your water heater has a special piece referred to as an anode rod that removes corrosive particles from the water. Down the road, the rod will corrode, and grit will build up at the foundation of your water heater, eating through the lining in the tank. 

Tankless Water Heater 

A tankless water heater has a much greater life expectancy than its tank-style counterparts. These water heaters may work as long as 20 years. 

Besides working for a greater amount of time, tankless hot water heaters are extremely energy efficient. Instead of retaining large amounts of water that’s warmed continuously, a tankless model warms water when you want it. This does away with standby heating and the effect it has on your monthly utility bills. 

You might not realize it, but warming up water is a big chunk of your energy expenses. In reality, it’s the second largest source of energy use in a regular house, according to ENERGY STAR®

Tankless water heaters are more expensive than tank water heaters, but they provide lifelong energy savings. They are usually 24% to 34% more efficient than a water heater that retains water, according to the U.S. Department of Energy

4 Hints Your Water Heater is Dying 

Your hot water heater will start showing hints that it’s breaking down. Here’s what to be on the lookout for and when to get in touch with a plumbing professional like Mid-State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing. 

1. Insufficient Enough Hot Water 

This is one of the most frequently encountered clues that your water heater is wearing out. You could have hot water running out more quickly, or that it’s taking additional time for water to heat up. 

2. Leaks 

We recommed calling a plumber if you’re noticing water leaks or water accumulating around the bottom of your water heater. In some instances you may just need to have connections secured or a part replaced, but it could also be a indication the tank is compromised. 

3. Water Isn’t Clear 

If you live in a location with hard water and don’t have a water softener, you’re typically accustomed to having cloudy water. But if your water all of a sudden switches from clear to cloudy or starts smelling metal-like, you should have your water heater examined by a pro to stop damaging leaks. Quick changes in your water clarity means sediment is probably accumulating in the tank and oxidizing it. 

4. Strange Noises 

It’s common for your water heater to make some noise as it works. But popping and rumbling isn’t normal and is a hint you should get specialized help. As sediment builds up in the tank, your water heater has to work harder and could need more energy in the process. 

Mid-State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Makes Water Heater Replacement Simple 

Putting off water heater replacement puts you at risk of leaks that can damage your home. Also, there’s the irritation of not having hot water. If your water heater is past its prime or showing hints it needs to be replaced, contact our Experts at 615-799-0427 to request 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 residence. 

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