Next to your electricity and furnace, your water heater is the most important appliance in your house yet you probably know the least about it. For most people, all they know is that it’s the big cylinder that sits in the corner of the utility room.
But I bet when it’s time to consider a water heater replacement because of a leak or pilot light continues to go out, you learn about your options and what to do, fast.
It’s much better to consider your options while you still have them, and that means to learn about them when it’s working properly.
You need to learn the signs of when it may be time to replace that old cylinder. What you need to understand is the life expectancy of your unit. Here are some clues to learn so you are more prepared to make the right decision.
Traditional water heaters under good conditions typically last between 8-12 years (although you may get lucky and they last longer). If yours is older than that, you should consider a replacement before it leaks. Metal will corrode over time, especially when water is introduced so leaking is inevitable. Don’t wait until it leaks because you will have a much bigger problem on your hands at that point.
The harder the water, the faster it will corrode. This means that the unit will not last as long. If your water is very hard and you have had your water heater for 6-8 years, you probably need to consider a replacement. How you extend the life of it would be to consider a water softener for your home.
Draining your water heater on a yearly basis can actually remove much of the sediment that can also corrode your tank as well as take up valuable water storage space. If you haven’t drained it for more than 5 years, you may actually do more harm than good doing so.
I’m sure it comes as no surprise that we would recommend a tankless system as a replacement, but honestly, all the problems above are not relevant when you have a tankless system. In addition, a tankless water heater lasts 20-24 years on average which can be as much as 3 times longer than a traditional water heater.
If you live in central Indiana, call us at (317)892-9193 and we will be glad to walk you through the decision process to see if a tankless water heater is right for you.