Without even thinking about it, you use your water heater on a daily basis. Whether you recently installed a new one or your current unit is getting old, knowing the expected life span of your system is important. AAA Plumbing provides water heater services to the Killingworth and Newington, CT, areas and says the average unit lasts between 10 and 12 years. However, a variety of factors can affect that time frame.
Construction & Quality
The original construction of the water heater and the quality of the materials make a huge difference in how long the system lasts. A strong indicator of quality materials is a long warranty. Vendors will usually guarantee their work for longer periods when durable materials are used. Look for high-wattage heating elements and solid insulation.
The System’s Location
Your water heater should be installed upright in a well-ventilated area. Aside from safety factors, poor ventilation will shorten the life span of your system because it will overheat, thus causing it to wear down quickly. In addition, place it in a dry area, as flooding could rust out the interior and severely affect your water heater’s functioning capability.
As with most products, the more you use your water heater, the shorter life span it will likely have. If you have a large family that uses a lot of water, understand this will have a direct impact on how long the unit lasts. Not only will the high usage wear down the equipment sooner, but it can also lead to quicker corrosion due to minerals and chemicals in the water.
If your water heater is nearing the end of its life expectancy or is showing other signs of wear and tear, schedule a visit from the experts at AAA Plumbing. They’ll carefully examine your system and determine if a replacement is necessary. If your unit malfunctions and requires immediate attention, the team also provides 24/7 emergency services. Call them today at (860) 953-1620 or visit their website for more information.