A tank electric water heater commonly lasts anywhere from 10 to 15 years; however, with the proper maintenance tank water heaters can last as much as 20 years or more. A water heater must also be correctly sized for the demands of the household. An undersized water heater will have to work much harder to keep up with the needed supply of hot water, while an over-sized water heater can create unnecessary high electric bills. On the other hand, tankless electric water heaters are another option, and they normally last up to 30 years or longer.
Tank Electric Water Heaters
A professional plumber is trained and skilled in replacing or repairing all of the parts of a tank electric water heater with the exception of the tank itself. Eventually, the storage water tank will rust through causing the water to leak out. This leaves no other choice but to replace the entire electric water heater unit. Regular inspection and minor part repairs or replacements by a professional plumber will keep the water heater running properly and help to prevent damages to the home caused by water leakage.
Tank Electric Water Heater Maintenance
It is important to have a certified plumber check and replace faulty parts on a regular basis in order to keep a tank electric water heater running efficiently. These are some of the things a professional plumber will inspect when performing a routine inspection of a tank water heater.
• Anode rod
• Heating elements
• T&P valve
• Upper and lower thermostats
Tankless Electric Water Heaters
Electric water heaters that are tankless seem to last much longer because they have a smaller number of parts to fail. The more bald construction of the electric tankless water heater compared to the electric tank water heater proves to be much more simplified and allows for a longer lifespan. Because there is no water storage tank, there is never a worry of the tank rusting through. They equally avoid the standby heat loss that happens with tank water heaters, because an electric element heats the water as needed.
Either way, whether a tankless electric water heater or a tank electric water heater, both require regular maintenance by a professional plumber to keep them running properly and to expand their lifetime. Always make sure that the plumbing company is licensed and bonded, plus guarantees all of their services and parts.