Lowe's states that the lifespan of a water heater is 8 to 12 years. The actual time of replacement depends on the workmanship of the original installation, the weather, the frequency of use and the quality of the heater itself.
Many water heaters work well for 10 years or more. If the water heater starts to leak or if it stops working, it may need to be replaced.
Not all problems require replacement. Common water heater issues are caused by blown fuses, broken thermostats and faulty heating elements. Other problems can be caused by leaking hoses, sediment build-up, and faulty or leaky water pipes.Learn More
According to American Water Heaters, the most common problems that cause a water heater to stop producing hot water are a flipped reset switch, a malfunctioning element or thermostat or a loss of power to the hot water heater. Troubleshooting is recommended to determine whether a new hot water heater is needed.Full Answer >
Tips to replace a water heater safely include measuring the height of the previous water heater for comparison and turning off the water heater at least two hours in advance to allow remaining water to cool. Soldering copper fittings prior to screwing them to the tank is also helpful.Full Answer >
The benefit of using a flammable vapor resistant ignition water heater is that it reduces the likelihood of flames igniting by the water heater from gasoline vapors or other sources. These water heaters must meet requirements created by the American National Standards Institute in July 2003.Full Answer >
Anyone can drain a water heater, and the task does not require a plumber. Draining a water heater removes built-up sediment that causes the heater to run inefficiently.Full Answer >