A water heater is responsible for making sure that you can quickly and conveniently take a hot shower or clean your home. It is also what allows you to wash your dishes or clothes in a sanitary manner. Of course, like any other appliance, it does not last forever.
You Should Get at Least a Decade of Reliable Use
An average water heater will have a lifespan of about a decade assuming that it is installed and maintained properly. The life of a water heater will also depend on whether it is powered by gas or electricity. Electric water heaters tend to last longer than their gas counterparts. Finally, tankless water heaters tend to last longer than traditional tank products. In some cases, a tankless water heater can operate for up to 20 years.
How to Maintain Your Water Heater
Sediment buildup is one of the key threats to the durability of your home water heater. Therefore, you are encouraged to have it flushed at least once a year to keep the tank clean. A professional plumber can inspect your water heater for damage, provide routine maintenance services or install a new water heater if necessary.
Signs a Water Heater Is Beyond Repair
If you turn the shower on in the morning and can’t get any hot water, that may be a sign that you need a new water heater, especially if you find that the breaker has not been tripped and the water heater is still running. You may also notice moisture leaking or spilling from the tank. This will typically occur because the tank has been corroded. You may also find that rusty or metallic-smelling water is coming from a kitchen or shower faucet. Finally, if you can’t get the pilot light to turn back on, it may be best to get a new water heater instead of repairing it.
If you are looking for timely water heater repair or installation, give the folks at Gideon Plumbing a call today! In addition, we provide drain cleaning and repair services as well as install faucets and other plumbing fixtures.