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  • Writer's pictureCade Turner

When To Replace Your Water Heater

As you know, water heaters aren’t exactly cheap and with how much you will be paying for one, you’re probably asking yourself how long a water heater can last. On average, a water heater will last you anywhere from 8-13 years. With that being said, it is possible for a water heater to last longer with the proper care.

Water Heater Maintenance Tips

I cannot stress this enough, regular maintenance is going to be your friend and most reliable way to ensure longevity. If you are not comfortable doing this yourself, call an expert. If you are up to the task, here are a few articles with very easy to follow instructions on things you can do.

Should I Replace My Water Heater?

With a varying lifespan it’s hard to know when to replace your water heater. Ultimately, the choice is up to you, but there are a few warning signs that signal it might be time for a new one.

  • Unusual Noises - as your water heater and the tank age, it’s normal for build up to occur. When it hardens, it might start causing rumbling or banging sounds. The more build up in the system, the less efficient the appliance runs.

  • Sporadic and Less Hot Water Than Usual - if you’re discovering that you are getting random spouts of hot water followed quickly by cold water, or if you are getting less hot water than normal, it’s a sign you need to replace your water heater.

  • Water Around The Heater - When metal is heated, it expands, which means it makes the water heater tanks more likely to leak when heating. Keep an eye out for any leaks or water around the appliance.

  • Age - It would be amazing if we could know for sure how long a water heater will last, but we just don’t. If your water heater is around 10 years old, you might start thinking about replacing it before a problem arises.

Utah’s Hard Water

With all the different levels of hard water throughout the state, it is definitely something to keep in mind when it comes to water heater longevity. With some areas requiring a water softener to help remove the excess minerals, the extra build up from the water can negatively affect your water heater. If you are lucky enough to not need a water softener, I recommend just regular maintenance. If you do have a water softener, then I very highly recommend regular maintenance.

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