The average storage-type water heater will last anywhere from eight to 12 years. Why so short, and is there any way to slow its demise? Here are some insights from our water heater experts.
When it comes to longevity, water heaters face an uphill battle. Here are five problems your water heater will likely face at some point in its lifespan, and what you can do to prevent them – or at least slow them down:
An anode rod will typically last about five years – less if you use a water softener. Once an anode rod is “spent”, it needs to be replaced quickly, or your tank will have no defense against corrosion.
Tip: Get regular professional maintenance for your water heater at least once every other year, and make sure the technician checks the anode rod.
Solution: Flush your water heater at least once – preferably twice – a year. Here’s a video to show you how to do it.
Solution: Maintain your water heater to stave off the impact of aging equipment. If your water heater is at the end of its life span, consider replacing it with a reliable new high efficiency water heater upgrade.
As you can see, many of the problems that shorten the lifespan of a water heater arise from the fact that it stores heated water for later use. But what it didn’t have to?
A modern on-demand water heater eliminates the need for and complications resulting from a storage tank by heating water for your taps and appliances instantly, the moment you need it. It also provides a nearly unlimited supply of hot water, reduces your energy bills by 30 percent or more, and lasts significantly longer than a conventional water heater (about 16 to 18 years on average).
Having problems with your water heater? Don’t delay – contact the pros at Tom Fricker for expert advice on water heater maintenance, water heater repairs, and on-demand water heater installations in Bristol, Worcester, Middlesex and Norfolk counties!