You usually don’t think about your water heater a lot until it gives up heating. And you’re faced with chilly showers. It works hard to offer your Kingston family with heated water around the clock, and, as expected, it will stop working eventually.
Here’s how long you can expect your water heater to last and some indications that yours is wearing out. Ultimately, how long your water heater will keep working depends on what kind you use and how often it’s working.
Tank Water Heater
The majority of people have a tank water heater that holds 40 to 50 gallons of water. This type constantly heats water, so it’s always at the proper temp when you need it. Tank water heaters are bestsellers due to their cheaper purchase price, but they don’t typically run as long as other models.
Here’s how much time you can expect yours to work:
Tank water heaters can fail as the result of numerous problems, but a corroded tank is one of the most frequent. Your water heater has a special component called an anode rod that extracts corrosive particles from the water. At some point, the rod will corrode, and grit will accumulate at the bottom of your water heater, eating through the lining in the tank.
Tankless Water Heater
A tankless water heater has a much bigger life span than its tank-style cousins. These water heaters could work as long as 20 years.
Along with lasting for a longer amount of time, tankless hot water heaters are very energy efficient. Rather than keeping large amounts of water that’s heated continuously, a tankless model heats water when you need it. This eliminates standby heating and the effect it has on your monthly utility expenses.
You might not know this, but warming up water accounts for a large chunk of your utility bills. In actuality, it’s the second largest source of energy use in a standard residence, according to ENERGY STAR®.
Tankless water heaters are higher priced than tank water heaters, but they offer long-term energy savings. They are typically 24% to 34% more efficient than a water heater that holds on to water, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
4 Hints Your Water Heater is Dying
Your hot water heater will start showing indications that it’s wearing out. Here’s what to be on the lookout for and when to call a plumbing specialist like Kingston Home Services by Enercare.
1. Insufficient Enough Hot Water
This is one of the most common clues that your water heater is nearing the end of its life. You may see heated water getting used up more quickly, or that you need additional time to get warm water.
We recommed calling a plumber if you’re seeing water leaks or water accumulating around the foundation of your water heater. Sometimes you may just need to have connections checked or a piece replaced, but it may also be a indication the tank is compromised.
3. Water Looks White
If you reside in a location with hard water and don’t have a water softener, you’re likely used to having cloudy water. But if your water unexpectedly changes from clear to cloudy or starts smelling metal-like, you should have your water heater inspected by a plumber to stop damaging leaks. Immediate changes in your water clarity means sediment is probably building up in the tank and corroding it.
4. Weird Noises
It’s common for your water heater to make some noise as it operates. But popping and rumbling is never normal and is a symptom you should call for professional assistance. As sediment accumulates in the tank, your water heater has to work harder and could need added energy in the process.
Kingston Home Services by Enercare Makes Water Heater Replacement Simple
Putting off water heater replacement could result in that can damage your home. Not to mention, the irritation of being without heated water. If your water heater is old or showing signs it needs to be replaced, reach our Experts at 613-817-1591 to request a free home comfort assessment. From capacity to energy efficiency, we’ll discuss all the options so you can make the right decision for your residence.