July 6, 2016
The purpose of this article is to give you some information about your existing standard electric or natural gas water heater.
One of the questions I get a lot is: How long should my hot water heater last?
In the North Texas area, we have good quality water which means the average life span of a water heater is ten years, it may be more or less in other parts of the country. If your water heater is close to ten years old, it will benefit you to plan to have it replaced rather than waiting for it to fail. For some reason they seem to go out more on weekends and holidays, and it’s not if but when the unit will fail.
Basically, the tank of the water heater is steel with a coating similar to a Teflon cooking pan and once filled with water slowly starts to deteriorate until the coating has worn away leaving the steel to rust. At this point, the tank will start to leak requiring the unit to be replaced.
In some cases, you simply wake up and have no hot water indicating a problem with the heating system of the water heater. These sorts of failures can often be repaired without the need to replace the system.
Little known facts about hot water heaters:
All cities require a permit to be purchased from the city building inspection department and that each new water heater is to be inspected by a licensed plumbing inspector.
Each water heater is to be installed by a state licensed plumber or a homeowner may install a water heater in the home they live in; however, you are still required by law to get a permit and an inspection and each new water heater shall meet current existing code.