A standard water heater usually lasts for around 10-12 years. Other types of heating systems can go up to 20 years (depending on the type or brand). It’s important to keep in mind that there are cases in which a water heater may not even reach their expected lifespan. This is because the heating system fails prematurely. Apart from defective products, there are other reasons why a water heater becomes dysfunctional. Learn more about these causes below.
- Not caring for the water heater
Some people think they can just purchase a water heater, install it, and then don’t bother with the appliance anymore. This is one sure way for the water heater not to last long. A water heater needs regular maintenance to keep it in good working condition. Furthermore, regular check-ups need to be done so issues can be fixed immediately. You see, sometimes these inconsequential problems can become complicated later on. Always do an upkeep for your water heater if you want it to last for a long time.
- Too much sediment at the bottom of the tank
Sediment accumulation is caused by the high amount of minerals found in a hard water supply. These sediments are a serious problem for your water heater. The tank can get punctured when the heated sediments start bouncing off each other.
There is a tendency for the tank to have cracks and leaks if this process keeps happening. It’s important to have the tank flushed at least once a year (more than once for older tanks). Another solution is to install a water softener. This machine reduces the minerals found in the water and replaces them with salt.
- Unattended rusting
Metallic parts of the water heater (considerably the inside components) are continually submerged in water. This makes it easy for the parts to rust and degrade the heating system. In order to combat the corrosion process — an anode rod is installed. This anode rod takes in the rust and other forms of corrosion so other components won’t be damaged. Some homeowners are not aware they need to switch the anode rod if it becomes too corroded.
A rusty anode rod is useless and causes other water heater parts to rust faster. Avoid this problem by checking the anode rod once in a while. A few corroded parts on your anode rod are normal, but if it’s mostly covered with mineral deposits or rusts then it must be replaced.
- The size of the water heater doesn’t fit the household needs
Using a small-sized water heater in order to save money might be a good idea, but this is not recommended if you have a big household. Small water heaters are intended for homes that only have a few people. If you use this water heater for a large group of people then there’s going to be a lot of trouble in the long term. The meagre water heater will have problem keeping up with the hot water demand. A more serious issue would occur if it breaks down due to overuse.