Depending on who you talk to, the expected lifespan of a typical water heater is between 8 and 15 years. The lifespan of your water heater at home can depend on quite a few factors, including the quality of the water heater, the amount of care you put into the water heater, whether or not you have hard water, how hard you use your water heater and so on. Unless you have psychic abilities, you have no way of knowing when your water heater will finally give out. It’s a good idea to start inspecting your water heater on a regular basis once it reaches about 7 or 8 years old.
A classic sign that it’s time to replace your water heater is the dreaded puddle of water beneath the appliance. Usually when water heaters give out, they start leaking. However, this is not always the case. A few other signs that your water heater needs to be replaced includes:
It’s relatively easy to prolong the life of your water heater; all you have to do is perform a little annual maintenance.
At Terry’s Plumbing, we can diagnose problems with your water heater, perform yearly maintenance on your appliance and install a replacement appliance when your old water heater goes bad. If you live in Pittsburgh and suspect that your water heater needs professional attention, contact us today. We answer our phones 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, so you’re never alone with your plumbing problems.