How Long Does a Water Heater Last?

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Water heaters supply hot water to our faucets, sinks, showers, and appliances days in and day out. While they are meant for hard work, there will come a time when your unit will give out. And when your hot water heater unit breaks down, your daily tasks around your house can come to a grinding halt.

So when can you expect that to happen?

The average lifespan of a water heater is about 8-12 years. This varies by type, efficiency rating, and additional factors.

What Factors Affect Your Water Heater’s Lifespan?

There are many factors that contribute to the lifespan of your hot water heater. Not every unit is the same. Here are some factors that determine hot water heater lifespan:

  • Type of water heater
  • Quality of the unit
  • Water supply quality
  • Location of unit in your home
  • How well the unit has been maintained

When choosing a new water heater for your home, take into consideration the type and quality you want for your needs. There are many options to choose from including traditional tanks storage units with either electric or gas heating elements and tankless or on-demand hot water heating systems.

Common Reasons Why Water Heaters Break Down

As with any appliance, the likelihood for repairs and eventual replacement of the unit increases with age. Additional factors include:

  • Sediment buildup in the unit over time
  • Over-pressurization due to incorrect heating settings

Water Heater Repair and Replacement

If you’re not sure how old your unit is, you’ll want to check the unit for any date markings or in the owner’s manual so you have an idea of its age. That way you won’t be caught off guard should your unit malfunction.

If you experience any of these hot water heater failure symptoms, it’s time for repair or replacement:

  • You notice a decrease in hot water temperature
  • Your water has a yellowish or brown tint
  • You hear any unusual sounds
  • You see water leaking from the unit
  • You smell an unusual odor coming from the hot water heater

Do not ignore these hot water heater warning signs—get help from a professional right away. One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning of Chattanooga is available 24/7 to assist you. We’ll get your unit repaired or replaced in no-time and we can walk you through upgrade options to get the most efficient hot water heater for your home.