How Long Does a Traditional Tanked Water Heater Last?
Hint: Tankless Water Heaters Last Longer!
If your water heater is nearing the end of its life expectancy—or is already showing signs of trouble—why not plan to contact Fall River Propane to discuss upgrading to new one? We offer top-quality Rinnai tankless water heaters that are both energy efficient and economical. Not only do we sell them, but our team also installs and services them, too.
By doing your homework early, you can better avoid the hassle of having to hastily choose a new water heater during an emergency. After all, not only would you have to deal with the stress and expense of replacing a water heater, but if it fails, you could be facing costly repairs due to potential water damage.
How Can I Tell How Old My Water Heater Is?
With proper care and routine maintenance, most water heaters with tanks can last up to 10 years or more. However, life expectancy decreases drastically when these systems are not serviced and kept in good condition.
Here’s how to find out how old your water heater is if you are not sure of its current age:
- Look for the water heater’s serial number. It is usually located on top of the unit. It will start with a letter followed by a series of numbers.
- The letter indicates the month in which it was manufactured (“A” for January, “B” for February, etc.), with the immediately following numbers being the year.
- So, if your water heater’s serial number starts with “C15,” the “C” is for March, and the “13″ is for 2013. This means that your home’s water heater was manufactured in March of 2015.
Now, while the age of your current one is an important factor, there are numerous other aspects to consider as well.
Have you started to see any of these signs from your hot water tank lately? If so, it is time for you to contact Fall River Propane and discuss water heater replacement options:
- Hot water turning cold suddenly or inconsistently.
- An inexplicable increase in energy usage and costs.
- Difficulty draining the water when you flush the water heater tank.
- Water or damp spots on the floor under or around the water heater tank.
- Strange noises like rumbling, banging, or scraping when the water heater is running.
- Rust particles coming out of the tap when you use hot water.
Understanding the Advantages of Tankless Water Heaters
Upgrading to a modern propane tankless water heater is an excellent decision that will make your home more comfortable from the moment it’s installed.
If you’re on the lookout for ways to save money, switching to a propane tankless one is worth considering. On average, water heating accounts for about 20% of your home’s energy consumption. With its excellent energy efficiency, a propane tankless water heater can yield impressive savings in terms of utility bills over time—on average between 10-20% in savings annually. Also, tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of approximately 20 years or more.
Tank-style water heaters function by always maintaining a limited quantity of hot water—an energy consuming process that necessitates reheating the same water over and over.
Instead of relying on the outdated storage tank water heaters, you can now opt for a revolutionary tankless system. It starts heating your water only when it’s required, thus diminishing your energy usage, and providing an endless supply of hot water!
A bonus of a propane tankless water heater is its size. It’s no larger than an average suitcase and can easily fit in spaces like closets or laundry rooms.
Contact Fall River Propane to get started on upgrading to the comfort and energy efficiency of a new Rinnai propane tankless water heater today.