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What You Should Know About the Life Span of a Water Heater

Many people take their water heater for granted, simply assuming that a hot shower or dishwater isn’t going to be a problem. Commercial buildings like schools, shopping centers, and offices rely on hot water, whether for cleaning or the hygiene needs of the occupants. Planning for the replacement of a water heater can prevent unexpected expenses when you find nothing but cold water coming from the faucet, and knowing how long you can expect your water heater to work makes for more accurate planning.

Life Span vs. Warranty

A new water heater purchase generally comes with a manufacturer’s warranty. The specifics of the warranty vary both by manufacturer and product, but there is generally a five to six-year warranty on the water heater. Some parts may have a more limited warranty, and these warranties are often subjected to proper use clauses. The warranty timeframe sets the expectation of the manufacturer on longevity. At a minimum, it should last at least five to six years, but it assumes that it will last longer.

Increasing Life Span

Making sure a water heater gets routine maintenance can help preserve function and life span as time goes by. Conducting a flush to clean sediment, replacing the anode, and checking for leaks or cracks will significantly extend the longevity of a water heater.

Getting Help for Your Water Heater

If you’re having problems with your water heater or you want to schedule maintenance or an inspection proactively, give the team at R.S. Andrews a call. Contact us today at 770-913-6412 or email us to work with Atlanta’s most experienced plumbing contractors.

 

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