Water heaters typically last about 10 years or so, but knowing the factors that can affect your heating system’s lifespan can help you get the most out of it, perhaps even prolong the time between replacements. M and M Heating and Air Conditioning Service Co. lists these factors and how they affect your heating system.
Build Quality – You can’t expect a low-quality water heater to last. As with most household systems, you get what you pay for, but a heating technician that you trust can make recommendations on what water heater you should get. Another indicator is the warranty coverage. Models with superior manufacturing quality typically have longer warranties.
Installation Quality – Proper installation is also important. After all, no matter how well-built the water heater is, it will likely develop problems early on if not properly installed. A trained heating technician should be able to determine where in your home the water heater should be installed in. Factors, such as ventilation, accessibility and insulation, as well as compliance with building codes are considered in addition to just mounting the heater in the basement.
Usage – The water heater lifespan depends a great deal on how it’s used. Large quantities of water increases the workload on the water heater, and if constantly put under such stress levels, a breakdown could occur sooner rather than later. Proper sizing is important; if you have added new rooms or an upper story, you will need a water heater with bigger capacity. Using the old one that serviced a smaller home may not be sufficient.
Maintenance – Periodic maintenance checks and timely repairs can go a long way in preventing bigger water heater problems, the kind that lead to a complete breakdown. For example, hard water can leave mineral deposits on the water tank, and if not properly maintained, this can affect the water heater’s overall performance. Periodically checking on the water heater and flushing the tank when needed can help prolong your water heater’s service life.
Heat Your Water Just Right With M and M Heating and Air Conditioning Service Co.
To learn more about water heater replacement and our other heating services, call M and M Heating and Air Conditioning Service Co. today at (209) 952-6580. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.