When Will I Have to Replace My Water Heater?

You likely don’t think about your water heater much until it quits working. And you’re facing frigid showers. It works hard to provide your Grand Island household with hot water around the clock, and, naturally, it will give out at some point.


Here’s how long your water heater will probably last and some indications that yours is wearing out. Ultimately, how long your water heater will keep running depends on what model you use and how often it’s running.

Tank Water Heater

Many homes have a tank water heater that holds 40 to 50 gallons of water. This kind continuously makes water warm, so it’s always at the correct temp when you need it. Tank water heaters are popular as a result of their cheaper price tag, but they don’t usually work as long as other kinds.

Here’s how long you can expect yours to work:

Tank water heaters can quit working due to many issues, but a rusted tank is one of the most common. Your water heater has a special piece known as an anode rod that removes corrosive grit from the water. Down the road, the rod will oxidize, and fragments will accumulate at the bottom of your water heater, rusting out the lining within the tank.

Tankless Water Heater

A tankless water heater has a much greater life expectancy than its tank-style equivalents. These water heaters may last as long as 20 years.

In addition to running for a greater amount of time, tankless hot water heaters are extremely energy efficient. In lieu of storing large amounts of water that’s warmed all the time, a tankless model warms water when you want it. This eliminates standby heating and the mark it makes on your monthly energy costs.

You might not realize it, but warming water accounts for a large portion of your energy costs. In fact, it’s the second highest source of energy utilization in a regular house, according to ENERGY STAR®.

Tankless water heaters are pricier than tank water heaters, but they offer lifelong energy savings. They are typically 24% to 34% more efficient than a water heater that stores water, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

4 Hints Your Water Heater is Wearing Out

Your hot water heater will begin showing signs that it’s wearing out. Here’s what to look for and when to get in touch with a plumbing specialist like McElroy Service Experts.

1. Insufficient Enough Hot Water

This is one of the most frequently encountered clues that your water heater needs to be replaced. You could see hot water getting depleted more quickly, or that it’s taking additional time for water to warm up.

2. Leaks

We recommed calling a plumber if you’re having water leaks or water gathering around the foundation of your water heater. In some instances you may just need to have connections checked or a piece replaced, but it could also be a indication the tank is broken.

3. Water Isn’t Clear

If you live in a region with hard water and don’t have a water softener, you’re probably accustomed to having cloudy water. But if your water unexpectedly switches from clear to cloudy or starts smelling metallic, we recommend having your water heater examined by a plumber to prevent damaging leaks. Immediate changes in your water clarity means sediment is probably accumulating in the tank and oxidizing it.

4. Strange Noises

It’s typical for your water heater to produce some noise as it operates. But popping and rumbling isn’t normal and is a symptom you should call for professional assistance. As sediment accumulates in the tank, your water heater has to work harder and may need added energy in the process.

McElroy Service Experts Makes Water Heater Replacement Fast

Putting off water heater replacement puts you at risk of leaks that can damage your residence. Also, there’s the irritation of lacking warm water. If your water heater is outdated or showing hints it needs to be replaced, give our Experts a call at 308-210-4398 to schedule a free home comfort assessment. From capacity to energy efficiency, we’ll discuss all the options so you can make the right decision for your house.

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