How Long Should Your Hot Water Heater Last?
The lifespan of your gas hot water system depends on its quality and your maintenance of the unit. It can last for about 8 to 12 years. There are signs to watch for to know when your hot water heater is developing problems.
When a hot water tap fails to produce hot water, you see puddles of water near the heater or hear strange sounds from your hot water heater are all signs that your hot water heater is in need for replacement.
It is of importance that you are able to tell when your heater is about to break down, this way you can avoid being caught by surprise. A water heater breaking down would result in a great inconvenience or worse still result in damage to your house.
Determining the early warning signs will allow you enough time to analyse your choices in terms of size, model and the installer to hire. Rushing to find a replacement for your hot water heater can be frustrating. On afternoons and weekends, you might be forced to endure your inconvenience for long hours or worse still end up with substandard water heater installed by an unskilled contractor.
The following are signs to watch for to know when you are ready for a new hot water heater:
• The Age Of The Heater
Usually, your gas hot water heater should last between 8 to 12 years, the electric model should last a little bit longer, 10 to 15 years. Watch out for its age and get ready before its expected lifespan ends.
• Quality Of Water
Checkout for the water that comes off the taps, tinted water may mean that there is rust in the heater which is a sign that the heater is wearing off and may start to leak.
• Gurgling Or Popping Sounds
Hard water sediments build up and collect at the bottom of the tank forming a thick crust which results to creaks and bangs when the heater is being used. Manufacturers recommend that the tank is flushed annually to prevent the formation of this crust.
• Presence Of Moisture Near The Water Tank
Dampness around the base of the water heater may be a sign of a leak which could mean that the tank is corroded or cracked. Check out for this to avoid being caught unaware.
• Cold Water From The Tap
If you note that the water being produced from the heater is cold then it is a sign that the water heater is no longer working as it is supposed to and it is time to replace it. Water failing to heat up to the normal levels could mean that the heater’s lifespan is nearing the end.
Water pooling at the base of your water tank is definitely bad news, you need to call your water heaters contractor to look into it. It could be as a result of a valve that needs fitting or replacement of the whole unit.
The Water Heater You Need
After you have decided it’s time to replace your water heater, you need to decide on the model and size of the water heater that suits your needs.
Here are some questions to help you decide:
1. Do you want instant hot water?
2. Do you want to invest in conventional or tankless hot water heater?
3. What is the maximum volume of water that you need?
If you may find it hard to answer these questions, contact the experts. Anytime Hot Water will provide you with all the information necessary and make recommendations for what is appropriate for your home needs.