How Long Does a Water Heater Last?

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Our water heater is so important in our everyday life in Lake Charles. From our morning shower to the evening dinner dishes, we take hot water for granted. Well at least until our hot water heater stops working and a cold shower gives us a rude awakening.

The most common water heater, tank-style, can be expected to last somewhere between 8 to 12 years. A more efficient tankless water heater can last up to 20 years before needing to be replaced.

How Old is your water heater?

The serial number of the water heater gives away its age. It will begin with a letter and then have a 2 digit number. The letter is the key to the month. A = January, B=February, C=March and so forth. The number lets you know the year. For example, B13 would mean February 2013. C12 would mean March 2012.

When should a water heater be replaced?

Give your water heater some extra attention during the last 2 years of its expected life. During that time, make a plan on when to replace it and if you are considering doing any upgrading. Remember, if you are start noticing any symptoms, don’t ignore them!

What are a few symptoms?

Here’s a few things to watch out for. These are things you can investigate before calling your local plumber for assistance. It will help them to understand your problem and make suggestions to help you decide if repair or replacement is the best solution.

  • Moaning & Groaning – Calcium can build up and form a thick layer in your trusted water heater. If you have hard water, this can happen even faster. That built up crust can cause some rather strange noises to start in your water heater. Those noises are trying to tell you that is it not happy and cannot work efficiently.
  • Discolored water – Is rusty water coming from your faucet only on the hot water side? Is your cold water still clear?
  • Performance – Does it take longer for your water to turn hot? Do you seem to run out of it rather quickly? Keeping a water heater that is not doing its job is not only making your showers get shorter, it is costing you money in higher utility bills.
  • Leaking – Never ever ignore leaking water around the base of your water heater. That is something that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Give us a call!

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