Lifespan Home Water Heater

How Long Does a Water Heater Last?

Based on most unit’s manufacturer’s information, the lifespan of a home water heater is anywhere from about 8 to 12 years and can vary depending on multiple factors, such as the design of the unit, the location in your home, the quality of the installation as well as whether or not it has had proper maintenance and upkeep. That varies with the location and design of the unit, quality of installation, maintenance schedule and as well as the quality of your home’s water supply.

If your water heater is older than 10 years, or of you notice that it works erratically or that water leaks are noticed around the base of the tank, then it may be best to consider replacing the unit. If the unit isn’t working at all, make sure that it isn’t a blown fuse or tripped breaker causing the outage.

Common Water Heater Problems

One of the most common problems that homeowners or renters face with a water heater is that the water isn’t getting as hot as it supposed to be. Oftentimes it is caused by a faulty thermostat or a defective heating element within the unit. If your water heater isn’t getting hot enough, be sure to check for some of these common causes:

Gas Water Heater

  1. Check the temperature setting on the thermostat and raise it if needed.
  2. Insulate the hot water pipes if they aren’t already or replace worn insulation.
  3. Flush the water heater to remove any sediment from the tank.
  4. Ensure that the gas is connected to the unit and that the pilot light is lit.
  5. Replace the thermocoupler and clean the gas burner.

Electric Water Heater

  1. Check the temperature setting on the thermostat and raise it if needed.
  2. Check that the power is connected and/or reset your thermostat.
  3. Flush your water heater to remove any sediment from the tank.
  4. Insulate the hot water pipes or replace any worn insulation.
  5.  Replace the heating element of the heater.

Helpful Maintenance Tips

  • To prevent corrosion and increase efficiency, drain your water heater twice per year to rid it of sediment .
  • Check your valves. Test your water heater’s pressure-relief valve by raising the valve’s handle and letting it snap back into place—if it doesn’t release a burst of water then you will need to replace the valve.
  • Set your water heater thermostat to 120ºF and maintain it at the temperature. This will prevent overheating.

Need a Water Heater? Call $25 Plumbing!

We are proud to serve the La Verne area, and are happy to help customers choose the very best water heater for their home’s needs. We can even help estimate the overall amount of hot water your family will need at home, which will ensure that you purchase a properly sized unit for your home. Give us a call today if you’re in the market for a new water heater. We are one of the area’s best and most trustworthy dealers and can help you find the home comfort solutions to best suit your needs. Call us today at 909-980-4109.

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