The typical tank-based water heater will last about 7-10 years, and tankless models that heat water on demand often have a lifespan of up to 20 years. But water heater replacement is expensive – so you may be wondering if it’s possible to prolong the lifespan of a water heater even further.
The answer is “yes,” and in this blog, we’ll take a look at a few simple steps you can use to extend the lifespan of tank-based and tankless water heaters.
Extending The Lifespan Of Tank-Based Water Heaters
If you have a tank-based water heater, there are a few simple steps you can take to extend the lifespan of your unit and enhance its efficiency.
- Drain & flush the tank – Over time, sediment and minerals tend to build up in the hot water tank, which can eventually damage the unit. This sediment layer usually settles at the bottom of the tank and can be drained and flushed away. This should be done yearly, and can be done as a DIY job, or you can hire a plumber to inspect and maintain your water heater.
- Anode rod replacement – The anode rod is a piece of metal that acts as a “magnet” for corrosion in the water tank. It should be replaced about every 5 years, or the tank may start to corrode.
- Adjust the temperature – Keeping the temperature of your water heater at about 120° F is usually the best for energy efficiency and for prolonging the lifespan of your water heater. This also helps prevent scalding, which can happen with water that’s over 125° F.
Extending The Lifespan of Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless water heaters are a bit different than tank-based heaters, since they do not have a tank and instead heat up water on-demand. Here are a few tips to prolong the lifespan of a tankless unit.
- Annual maintenance – Just like tank-based heaters, tankless water heaters should be inspected every year to make sure they are in good shape, and to clean away any mineral buildup within the unit.
- Water softener – One problem with tankless water heaters is the buildup of scale and minerals on heating elements. If you live in an area with “hard water,” using a water softener in your home can help reduce this issue and increase the efficiency and lifespan of your heater.
Need A New Water Heater In Santa Cruz? Contact Anytime Plumbing Today!
If you think that your water heater is on its last legs, or you’re just interested in a new tank-based or tankless heater that offers better efficiency or a higher capacity, Anytime Plumbing is here to help. Contact us online or call now at 831-431-6593 to schedule the service you need in Santa Cruz.