Water Heaters: What Are Their Usual Service Lifespan?

Service Life Span

Thanks to modern technological advancements, water heaters are now more efficient than ever and have more innovative features. However, all equipment requires maintenance, regardless of its quality. Several factors can affect the lifespan of your water heater, such as the installation, manufacturer and usage.

Here a local heating and air conditioning expert shares how long water heaters usually last.

Tank-Type Water Heaters

Tank-type water heaters have an anode rod protecting the interior lining. This rod attracts corrosive particles via electrolysis. Over time, the rod can corrode, at which point it will no longer be able to do its job. When this happens, the corrosive particles will settle at the bottom of the tank. Once rust appears, you’ll need to have your water heater replaced. Usually, conventional tank-type water heaters have a lifespan of around eight to 12 years.

Tankless Water Heaters

As long as your HVAC contractor installs your tankless water heater correctly, it can last for up to 20 years. This type of water heater is also called an “on-demand” water heater. Unlike a tank water heater, it doesn’t have to constantly work to provide you with hot water, which is the reason that they last longer.

Signs You Need a New Water Heater

If the water from your shower isn’t as hot as it used to be or you’re having difficulty setting the temperature of your bath, these could be signs that you need a new water heater. You should be concerned if there are strange noises coming from your heater other than the sounds it makes when it runs. Act fast if you notice leaks coming from the equipment, because this can indicate a serious problem.

For quality water heater installation services, turn to McLay Services, Inc. You can also count on us for your air conditioning repair and replacement needs. Call us at (909) 392-2202 or fill out our contact form to get an estimate. We work with clients around Pomona and Claremont, CA.