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When Should You Replace a Water Heater?

Your hot water heater plays a crucial role in household tasks all year long, from washing dishes and clothes to cooking and bathing. Like other appliances, your water heater will need a replacement eventually. Whether you notice a gradual decline in quality or experience a sudden failure, we recommend staying prepared for any possibility. Minor repairs or replacements are more cost-effective than waiting until you need emergency maintenance or repairs.

Knowing the average water heater life expectancy and the major signs that a replacement is necessary will come in handy when you need service.

What's the Typical Water Heater Lifespan?

The average lifespan of your home's water heater varies between models, but most traditional tanks last between eight and 12 years. This appliance constantly works to provide H20 to your home whenever you need it, which takes a toll. Tankless models last even longer, with an average lifespan of more than 20 years.

Proper maintenance can help ensure your tank functions for as long as possible. Still, age may lead to gradual deterioration, increasing the chances of a sudden failure.

3 Signs You Should Replace Your Tank

You may notice several signs that your tank is due for a replacement well before an emergency repair is necessary or severe damage occurs. These indicators are particularly critical for models over 10 years old. Whatever the age of your tank, keep an eye out for these signs to replace it before issues occur.

1. Noises

If you notice strange noises, like rumbling or knocking, you might need to consider a replacement. Over time, sediment builds up and hardens on the bottom of your tank. The deposit can move around and make noise, which means it is less efficient and at a higher risk of leaks.

2. Rusty H2O

After years of continual use, your tank might rust from the inside. If that happens, you will see rusty or cloudy water. A professional can help you determine whether the rust is coming from your pipes or the tank before you decide to replace it.

3. Leaks

Dampness on the ground can signal that there are leaks in the tank. These minor fractures signal a buildup of pressure, which can be dangerous. Leaks also cause damage to the area around the tank. Get a professional to inspect leaks as soon as possible to protect you and your home.

Water Heater Replacement With Mr. Rooter Plumbing

You rely on your water heater every day. If you need repairs or a replacement, reach out to Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Oneida. The Mr. Rooter Plumbing team is prepared to help you with replacements, repairs and installations. Our licensed plumbers have the knowledge and experience you need for any plumbing-related project. Call us today at 315-363-1565 or contact us online for more information.