How Long Do Water Heaters Last?

Written on: January 23, 2023

water heaters connecticut Hot water is a significant part of our daily lives and energy spending. We depend on a functioning water heater for soothing showers, clean dishes, spotless clothes and many other modern conveniences. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, hot water generation comprises about 20 percent of your household’s energy use.

It’s crucial, then, to have a functional, efficient water heater in your home. Seymour Oil & Propane helps families in Ansonia, New Haven, Fairfield, and many other Connecticut communities find and maintain their hot water systems. We can help you find the right water heater — and know when it’s time for a replacement.

Water heater lifespans

Different types of water heaters have different lifespans. Here’s a breakdown of the life expectancies of standard models.

Traditional tank water heaters

Traditional storage tank water heaters — the tall cylindrical units that you probably imagine when you think of a water heater — live around eight to 10 years before needing replacement.

Internal corrosion is the primary source of water heater failure. Minute particles drift in the water tank and collect on its lining, causing wear over time. To protect against this corrosion, manufacturers place an anode rod inside each water tank to attract particulates away from the liner. This rod becomes completely corroded with extended use, and the tank starts to deteriorate.

You can extend the life of your tank by flushing it of sediment. At Seymour Oil & Propane, we offer customers an affordable water heater flush package that includes six flushes, one every six months for three years.

Tankless water heaters

Tankless water heaters, including the state-of-the-art propane products we sell and install, have a longer lifespan than storage tank units. They can last up to 20 years before needing to be replaced. Because these products do not have tanks, they experience less exposure to corrosive agents.

Is your water heater reaching the end of its life?

It’s not always easy to tell when your water heater is approaching retirement. Corrosion occurs inside, which you cannot see with the naked eye. If you aren’t paying attention, your first warning might be a failed unit. Here are a few telltale signs that your water heater is struggling:

  • Hot water not lasting as long
  • Unexplained increases in fuel usage
  • Mechanical sounds coming from your water heater
  • Standing water around your tank
  • Rusty or brown water from your tap
  • Difficulty flushing water from your tank

If your water heater is getting up in years, it’s a good idea to check for these symptoms and contact our service team immediately if you notice them.

Get ahead of the game by planning to replace your water heater!

The worst time to look for a water heater replacement is when your current water heater is already failed. Your home will be without water until we can secure your new unit. This will limit your selection and lead to a lot of inconvenience and stress.

Get in touch with the team at Seymour Oil & Propane today, and we can help you find a new water heating product today, before it becomes an emergency replacement situation. We’ve taken care of more water heater installations than just about anybody in western Connecticut.

Don’t put off arranging your water heater replacement. Schedule an appointment for a free quote today.