You rely on your water heater daily and when it’s not working, your routine is interrupted. If you find yourself needing water heater repair or a new water heater installed, call the pros at Duct Professor Heating & Cooling.
Call (847) 744-8099 if you need water heater repair or a new water heater installed, or fill out our contact form today. Duct Professor Heating & Cooling is ready to provide you with exceptional service backed by our satisfaction guarantee.
How Long Do Water Heaters Last?
The average lifespan of a water heater is 8-12 years, depending on the type and brand. Tankless water heaters usually last up to 20 years with proper maintenance while traditional tank water heaters may need to be replaced after 8-12 years. Factors such as sediment buildup in the tank, hard water, improper installation and improper maintenance can cause a water heater to fail prematurely. Regular maintenance such as flushing the tank and changing the anode rod can help extend the life of your water heater. Additionally, it is important to check for signs of corrosion or leaks regularly and have them addressed immediately if detected. If you are unsure about how long your current water heater will last, contact a professional to evaluate the condition of your system and provide guidance on what needs to be done. With proper care and maintenance, you can maximize the life of your water heater and continue enjoying hot showers for years to come.
As your water heater ages, you’re likely to find that things go wrong from time to time. Some of the signs you should call for water heater repair are quite obvious, while other signs of trouble are often ignored. These include:
- Water that is sometimes hot and sometimes lukewarm.
- Signs of a leak around the water heater base.
- Low water flow when running hot water.
- Rusty or off-color hot water.
- Unusual-smelling water.
Sometimes the best solution is a new water heater, while other times a repair is possible. You can trust that the experts at Duct Professor Heating & Cooling will provide you an honest recommendation for your best course of action.
Gas or Electric?
If you’ve realized that it’s time for a new water heater, either because of age, frequent repair or inefficiency, you may wonder if a gas or electric water heater is a better option and if you should go tankless.
You’ll find that gas water heaters cost more upfront but often recoup their cost in two to three years, so they may save you money. Another benefit of gas water heaters is that they can recover more quickly than their electric counterparts.
Electric water heaters are often perceived as safer as there is no pilot light. Because an electric water heater runs on electric, you can install a timer to shut it off when you’re not using the water. Electric water heaters also tend to last longer than their gas equivalents.