Don’t wait for trouble
Imagine walking into your home one day and discovering that your water tank has rusted out and released anywhere from 30 to 80 gallons of water in your basement, garage or attic. What a mess!
Studies have shown that 7 out of 10 water heater failures are due to a tank bursting or failing. If you notice a slow leak from your tank, don’t ignore it! This usually indicates that your tank has become weakened by corrosion. The best thing to do if you notice a leak is to turn the tank’s water supply valve to the off position and then get it inspected as soon as possible.
The average water heater lasts anywhere from 7 to 13 years. A lot depends on the quality of the unit itself, but water quality in your area is important, too. Hard water, which has a high mineral content, can shorten the life of a water heater. If it takes longer to heat water, or the water doesn’t get as hot, it’s a good sign you are ready for a new unit. You should also look for any signs of rust on the tank.
There are many different options available today, including propane tankless/on-demand water heaters. Go here to learn which water heating option might be best for you and your family. Then contact your propane company for expert advice.