We continue to get calls from homeowners across Colorado that have had their water heater breakdown or fail completely much earlier than they expected. This causes problems from the inconvenience of not having hot water in the house for a period of time to the more extreme of the bottom of the water heater cracking or completely dropping which causes flooding in a basement.
So the question is “What is the typical lifespan of a water heater?”
A standard water heater will last between eight and twelve years. Most tanks today are steel lined with glass or porcelain and over time can oxidize and deteriorate. Most tanks will eventually leak – in some cases it will be a slow leak and in some cases it will be a more dramatic leak. For this reason it is a good idea to know where your dedicated water shutoff valve is located.
An important thing to keep in mind is that although a water heater may still be working, most water heaters decrease in efficiency over time as sediment/calcium/scale builds up inside the tank in areas that have hard water. If this is a problem, we always suggest the professional installation of our Whole House Anti Scale System.
For more information you can always reach us at 303.801.7031.