How Long Does a Water Heater Last?

You likely don’t think about your water heater a lot until it gives up running. And you’re faced with frigid showers. It works hard to provide your Daytona Beach home with heated water 24 hours a day, and, as expected, it will give out at some point.


Here’s how long your water heater will probably last and some hints that yours is wearing out. In the end, how long your water heater will keep working depends on what type you rely on and how frequently it’s working.

Tank Water Heater

Many people have a tank water heater that holds 40 to 50 gallons of water. This style continually heats water, so it’s always at the right temperature when you need it. Tank water heaters are bestsellers as a result of their cheaper purchase price, but they don’t typically work 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 a lot of troubles, but an oxidized tank is one of the most frequent. Your water heater has a special part referred to as an anode rod that clears corrosive particles from the water. At some point, the rod will corrode, and particles will build up at the base of your water heater, corroding the lining inside the tank.

Tankless Water Heater

A tankless water heater has a much longer life expectancy than its tank-style cousins. These water heaters can work up to 20 years.

Along with lasting for a longer amount of time, tankless hot water heaters are very energy efficient. In lieu of keeping huge amounts of water that’s heated constantly, a tankless model heats water when you need it. This gets rid of standby heating and the effect it has on your monthly utility costs.

You might not be aware, but heating water accounts for a large chunk of your heating and cooling bills. In reality, it’s the second biggest source of energy use in a standard residence, according to ENERGY STAR®.

Tankless water heaters are higher priced than tank water heaters, but they provide long-term energy savings. They can be 24% to 34% more efficient than a water heater that retains water, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

4 Signs Your Water Heater is Wearing Out

Your hot water heater will begin showing hints that it’s dying. Here’s what to keep an eye out for and when to contact a plumbing specialist like All American Air Service Experts.

1. Insufficient Enough Hot Water

This is one of the most typical signs that your water heater needs to be replaced. You could notice warm water getting used up more rapidly, or that you need more time to have hot water.

2. Leaks

You should call a plumber if you’re having water leaks or water pooling by the foundation of your water heater. Sometimes you may just need to have connections tightened or a piece replaced, but it may also be a symptom the tank is compromised.

3. Water Looks White

If you live in an area with hard water and don’t have a water softener, you’re typically accustomed to having cloudy water. But if your water unexpectedly switches from clear to cloudy or starts smelling like metal, we advise having your water heater checked by a pro to avoid damaging leaks. Sudden changes in your water clarity means sediment is possibly accumulating in the tank and corroding it.

4. Weird Noises

It’s normal 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 pro support. As sediment builds up in the tank, your water heater has to work harder and might use added energy in the process.

All American Air Service Experts Makes Water Heater Replacement Easy

Waiting too long for water heater replacement puts you at risk of leaks that can damage your residence. There’s also the inconvenience of lacking heated water. If your water heater is old or showing clues it needs to be replaced, reach our Experts at 386-310-2061 to schedule a free home comfort assessment. From capacity to energy efficiency, we’ll review all the options so you can make the ideal decision for your home.

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