Based on most water heater manufacturer’s suggested service life, the life expectancy of an average water heater is about 8 to 12 years. It also varies depending on the location and the actual design of the unit, installation quality, proper maintenance, and water quality. Here are 5 signs It may be time to replace your water heater:
- Your water heater is over 15 years old. The average water heater lasts between 10 and 15 years. When a water heater passes that age bracket it eventually wears down to the point where it cannot continue and it breaks down permanently.
- Your water heater isn’t heating up enough or it’s working too hard and too long. That loss of output can frequently happen as system ages, and the wear and tear on it prevent it from heating your water effectively.
- Your water heater has a pool of water around it. This could signify a crack or a fracture in the tank. If this is the case there is no fixing it, your water heater will have to be replaced.
- Your water heater constantly breaks down. You shouldn’t worry about your water heater if you need to have it repaired once every few years or so. You should, however, start to worry when you are having to repair it quite frequently. Needing repairs often indicate that the water heater is beginning to wear out and is in need of replacing.
- Your water heater is rusty. When the inside of your water heater is rusty or corroded you will likely notice discolored water. You might also notice a metallic smell or taste. A rusty interior means that the unit is breaking down inside and at high risk for leaks.