Customers often have questions when they come to purchase Water Heaters. Some are bewildered about what to choose, while others are unaware of the basic Water Heater know how. We thought to compile some frequently asked questions about Tank Water Heaters along with their answers to help homeowners get the right information easily.


FAQ 1: What is the Life Expectancy of a Tank Water Heater?
The times have changed. A few decades ago, it was easy to predict the Life Expectancy of home comfort appliances since the people were more concerned about the maintenance of their appliances. Today, with the increased hassle and variety of manufacturers, it is difficult to give an exact lifetime of a Water Heater. Roughly, a Tank Water Heater would last 10 years easily with proper maintenance. And the time period may elongate up to 14-16 or even 20 years if a proper maintenance and tune-up schedule are followed. Keep in mind that the lifetime of your water heater depends on three main factor;

1. The quality of the product that you purchase. Never compromise on quality!
2. The initial Installation. Installation performed by quack technicians automatically reduces lifetime
3. Maintenance! A proper maintenance schedule if followed leads to a Water Heater life of as long as 20 years.

FAQ 2: Which Water Heater has got longer life. Gas or Electric?
When it comes to Water Heaters, nothing is a hard and fast rule. Usually, the Electric Water Heaters last longer than the Gas Water Heaters but as said already, nothing is a hard and fast rule. Some Gas Water Heaters break this trend by surviving more than Electric Water Heaters. To find out which one will work best for you, better ask an HVAC service provider.

FAQ 3: What is the reason of Tank Failure?
You might have read it on several places while searching about Water Heaters that the tank cleaning is crucial and is a complementary part of Water Heater maintenance. The sediments that settle down at the bottom of the tank might damage the glass liner. Also, heat and pressure are the primary science of Tank Water Heaters. An excessive heat or excessive pressure may also cause damage to the glass liner. When the glass coating is affected, the water directly gets in contact with the steel tank. Water+steal? Rust! The rust causes leaks and you have to turn the water valve off. No more Hot Water!    

FAQ 4: What to do if my tank fails?
Unfortunately, regret! Tank failure makes the Water Heater useless. Once the tank fails, you'll have to purchase a new unit. All the parts of a Tank Water Heater can be replaced or repaired, the tank, however, if fails, leads to the purchase of a new Water Heater.  

FAQ 5: Are only expensive Water Heaters long lasting?
Certainly not! Sometimes, even the expensive Water Heaters fail well before time due to lack of maintenance. Other times, it is not the maintenance, it is that the company was selling the name and not quality. Doing a proper research before purchasing any appliance helps in making a wise choice. Even if you purchase a cheap Water Heater but follow proper maintenance and tune-up schedules, the Water Heater will most probably survive for a fairly well period of time, maybe 10-15 years.   

Bottom Line
Every single home comfort heating and cooling appliance that you buy is an investment you make. It should benefit you more than what you spend on it. And a profitable investment is only possible if proper advice is taken, adequate search made and a quality product is chosen. Moreover, forget not that maintenance is the key to making your appliances last longer.

If you're looking for more help, have more questions or just want some advice before you purchase your Tank Water Heater, connect with us and we'd be more than glad to help you.

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