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How Long Do Water Heaters Last?

How Long Do Water Heaters Last

It Might be Time to Replace Your Water Heater

Everything in your home has a shelf life, especially anything that is powered by electricity, gas, or oil. A typical water heater’s life span is between 8 and 12 years. There are several reasons why water heaters may need to be repaired or replaced. Depending on your energy source, there will be valves and other connectors each with unique properties and potential for failure. Over time you can also simply spring a leak due to poor installation or deterioration. No matter what type of water heater you have, the master plumbers at Oliver can repair or replace it usually within a couple of hours. We offer our services throughout the Delaware Valley, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

Types of Water Heaters

The size of your home, number of people, the amount of plumbing fixtures that need hot water, and your home energy source often determine the type of water heater you select. Traditionally, hot water is stored in a tank, heated by fire or an electrical element to the desired temperature while waiting for distribution throughout your home. There are newer water heaters that are tankless and some that even use alternative fuel sources like solar panels and geothermal energy.

Traditional Tank Water HeatersTraditional (Tank) Water Heaters

Traditional water heaters utilize a tank to hold the hot water which uses a heating element that sits inside the tank. They use electricity, natural gas, propane, or fuel oil as a heat source. Faulty pressure-relief valves, corrosion, sediment buildup, and leaks in the tank or fittings are all common problems. Regularly checking the pressure setting of your tank can help extend its life.

Tankless Water HeatersTankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters create an on-demand solution by running water through heated coils. Most use propane or natural gas as a heat source. They’re very energy-efficient and can help save on utility bills. The heat exchanger and water filter are common reasons for repair, but they’re built to last longer than traditional water heaters. If you’re interested in a new tankless system, contact Oliver today.

Choose Oliver for Your Water Heater Needs

Whether you need to replace your water heater or need a simple repair, you can rely on Oliver. We have a wealth of experience working on all types of water heaters. With emergency service available, you can have the peace of mind knowing that Oliver can restore your hot water in no time. Contact us for an inspection of your current water heater and to discuss your options