There’s no hard and fast rule when it comes to knowing when to replace a water heater. However, several factors combined can help you to determine if your storage tank water heater is on its last proverbial leg, or whether it has a year or two of service left. Here’s what to look for:
- Age – Experts put the estimated life span of a storage water heater between eight and 12 years; however, electric systems tend to last a little longer than gas models.
- Maintenance – If you’ve faithfully scheduled preventive maintenance for your water heater, you can expect it to last longer than the expected life span. That’s because maintenance keeps the system in good working condition and identifies wear early on, helping ward off problems related to long use.
- Water – If the water the system produces is discolored or rusty, that’s a surefire sign it is experiencing problems, and it may even be failing. If this is the case in your home, contact a professional for emergency service.
- Temperature – A water heater that’s nearing its last breath will produce water that’s not quite as hot as it used to be. It may also run out of hot water more quickly.
- Leaks – Any signs of a leaky system such as moisture on the floor around the unit or large amounts of pooling water spells trouble. Your technician may be able to fix the problem, but if the system’s aging and you haven’t maintained it, invest that repair money into a new system.
Proper care of the water heater is the best way to promote an efficient system, and one that can supply a sufficient amount of hot water for your household’s needs. Ensuring comfort and efficiency requires that you invest money in annual preventive maintenance; however, the payoff is a reliable, efficient, long-lasting water heater.
For expert help assessing the condition and life span of your home’s storage tank water heater, contact Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing today. We serve homeowners in the greater Cleveland area. For all your plumbing, heating and cooling needs, call or visit our website for more information.
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