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When should you replace your water heater?

When should you replace your water heater

What is the average life span?

It is recommended that the water heater be replaced between 10-15 years. The manufacturer warranty is only 6 years. In most instances, the anode rod is corroded away (the sacrificial rod for the water to effect first before having a rusting effect on the steel of the tank.

What are some signs of trouble?

Rusty water. Rumbling sounds. Moisture. Age. Tepid water. A lack hot water (hard water buildup within the tank, displaces the amount of hot water possible). Moisture around the tank.

What are some recommendations? Maintenance suggestions?

There isn’t too much one can do for the tank except install a softener, or good mineral removal system for the water that enters the house.

Anything else that is noteworthy?

The temperature and pressure relief valve should be checked for functionality once a year. All water heaters should have a functional expansion tank for them. They all need functional shutoff valves too.

Should you need help determining the age of your water heater, our plumbers would be happy to verify the age if you would like to take a picture of the label on your tank and email it to us at:

If you’re having problems with the pipes in your home, or just want to set up a regular maintenance cleaning, give Action Plumbing a call today at 509-467-1717!


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