How Long Should a Hot Water Heater Last?
Depending on the quality of the hot water unit and how well it is maintained the tank can last between 8 and 12 years. The hot water heater does have to be flushed out and drained every year to remain in proper working condition. Like everything else in your home you need to take care of the hot water unit to make sure it is working properly.
Hot Water System Problems
If the hot water taps are not producing hot water, if there is a drip or a puddle near the water heater, or if it is making popping sounds these are signs there is a problem. The hot water heater may need to be replaced.
If you look for early warning signs of a problem you may save your home from damage. You will also have time to check out different hot water heater rather than purchase the first one you see in a water emergency situation. You will end up paying more money if you need immediate service.
There are some signs that it may be time to get a new hot water heater.
Age & Noises
The gas hot water heater will last between 8 and 12 years. The electric hot water units may last between 10 and 15 years. At this time you should begin to research new hot water systems. If you hear noises coming from the unit, these can be caused by the build-up due to hard water sediment and may result in an explosion inside the tank.
Does your tap water look discoloured? If so there may be rust in the system. This indicates that the hot water heater is showing signs of wear. The water should be clear and any tint can indicate that there is a problem. A delay in hot water can also indicate a problem.
Moisture & Puddles
Look at the base of the heater for any dampness. This can be a sign that the unit is leaking. If you see puddles around the heater call the professional plumbers at Inline Plumbing and Electrical. They can be reached at 1300 465 463. Your unit may need to be replaced right away.
What Type of Hot Water Heating System Do You Need?
Now you are aware that a new hot water heater is needed, you can take a look at the different types and sizes based on your needs. There are some things to consider when looking to purchase a new hot water heater.
– How quickly you want hot water;
– If you are looking for a conventional or a tankless heater; and
– How many gallons of hot water you need in your home at a time.
To help you with the new hot water unit you can contact Inline Plumbing and Electrical at 1300 465 463 and they can help you with your decision. These professionals can give you information about the different types of hot water heaters. They can also recommend the hot water unit type that will best fit the needs of your home. Contact them today to get your new hot water system started.