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Extend Your Hot Water Heater Lifespan

For many New Jersey residents, the only time they think of their water heater is when their hot shower suddenly turns cold. Regular maintenance can go a long way toward reducing the frequency and scale of repairs and even extends your hot water heater lifespan, avoiding early replacement. Find out how maintaining your hot water heater can affect its lifespan and give you fewer mornings of shockingly cold showers.
Extend the Life of Your Hot Water Heater Lifespan

Water Heater Basics

A typical residential hot water heater tank is basically a 40 to 80- gallon cauldron that heats and stores hot water until it’s needed. As the hot water leaves the tank, cool water is piped to the top of the tank (separated from the stored hot water) then heated by a gas burner or electric element.

What is the average hot water heater lifespan?

The average hot water heater lifespan averages 8 to 15 years. Tankless water heaters can potentially last two to three times longer than a traditional tank, but of course all of that varies with the location, quality of installation, maintenance schedule consistency and even water quality. Regular maintenance can also reduce electric bills by helping it function much more efficiently.

What causes a water heater tank to fail?

Nothing can make you realize how much you appreciate home comfort… like losing it. There’s never a good time to experience a broken air conditioner in the middle of the July heat or wake up to a frigid shower on a breezy morning. Below are a few common reasons your water heater tank may be failing:

Leaky Hot Water Heater

Over time, excessive sediment, high heat and pressure can cause glass liner to crack. And once the glass liner is compromised, water can potentially come in contact with the steel tank causing rust. Rust leads to bigger problems like leaks or even a full-blown burst.
If you spot a leak at the bottom of your tank, that could indicate that your insides have rusted and deteriorated. Take it as a warning sign and start shopping for your new hot water heater otherwise you could be faced with 40-80 gallons of water rupturing inside your home. Your best bet is to call the plumbing professionals to have it checked out.

Temperature Swings

Nothing will wake you up faster than a cold shower. If you have an old water heater, it may not always be as hot as you’d like… and at other times may be dangerously scalding hot. Dealing with temperature fluctuations can be frustrating, but it doesn’t always mean a complete replacement is necessary. It could be because of a leaking dip tube, accumulation of water impurities, a failing electrical heating element or simply a dirty burner.

Water Impurities

Water impurities (sediment and minerals) are a common problem. Impurities can alter the taste, smell and even color of your water – they also destroy the tank from inside. If you notice red or brown-tinted water, that’s a sure sign that your water heater needs to be repaired. Note: if your water smells or tastes funny, do not consume it until the issue is resolved.

Maximize Your Hot Water Heater Lifespan with Preventative Maintenance

Taking into consideration that your hot water heater could last 15 years, that’s approximately 5,475 days in a row that your system is actively heating, reheating and storing hot water. With this kind of busy work schedule, it’s obvious to see why annual preventive maintenance is so important to keep your water heater working efficiently.
When you need repairs or maintenance and can’t afford to wait, call us at 732-741-0694 for any emergency service.