A typical tank water heater has a lifespan of 8-12 years, depending on a variety of factors. Tankless water heaters last about twice as long, up to 20 years, but cost twice as much. When deciding how long does a water heater last, you should consider a few factors.

First, water quality affects how long do water heaters last. If there are a lot of minerals in the water, these sediments can build up in the water heater and cause it to malfunction. Just like your car, how you maintain your water heater will determine how long it lasts. Finally, the quality of the hot water heater unit itself is important. A high quality water heater will last longer than a low quality one.

Signs You Should Replace Your Water Heater

If your hot water heater is leaking from the tank, the unit itself will most likely need to be replaced. If the hot water coming out of your faucet is discolored or has a strange odor, it may also be time to replace your water heater. Less hot water or taking longer to get water hot are also a sign that you may need a replacement. If you know your water heater is nearing the end of its lifespan, it is probably time for a new one. Based in Arlington, we service the entire DFW area, including Irving. 

Repair or Replace?

How do you know if you should install a new water heater or if it can be repaired? If you are experiencing a problem with your water heater, you can give us a call at All Masters Plumbing and we can inspect it to see what should be done. A leak from the temperature and pressure relief valve or drain pipe can be often repaired, but a leaking tank will most likely need to be replaced. If you are experiencing any sort of issue and know that your water heater is nearing the end of its lifespan, it is probably best to replace it.

How Can I Make My Water Heater Last Longer?

When considering how long do water heaters last, it is important to take into account how well the water heater is taken care of. Annual inspections by a licensed plumber are important to extend the life of your water heater. A plumber can make sure everything is working properly and flush your water heater so minerals do not build up inside of it.

How Much Does it Cost When Replacing a Water Heater?

The most common consideration when researching how long a water heater lasts is the cost of replacement. You want your water heater to last as long as possible so you can get your money’s worth out of it. The cost of replacing a tank water heater is about $1,000, while the cost of replacing a tankless water heater is about $3,000. (Price range depending on a number of factors, so this is not a price quote.) Installation time of a traditional tank water heater is 2-3 hours, while a tankless water heater can take up to 10 hours to install.

Is It Time to Replace Your Hot Water Heater?

If it is time for you to replace or repair your water heater, or if you have more questions about how long your water heater should last, give us a call at All Masters Plumbing based in the the HEB area. Get a FREE service call for us to diagnose the problem. We would be happy to help you!

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