Regular maintenance is key to ensuring the longevity and efficiency of your water heater, whether it’s a tank or tankless model. Due to the small piping within a tankless water heater, it will typically require servicing every year to prevent sediment buildup, which can reduce heating efficiency and clog the heat exchanger. Tank water heaters could also benefit from annual servicing depending on your water quality. If you are provided water from most municipal water companies in the Puget Sound, the quality is pretty good. However, there are some areas which are prone to sediment accumulation. During maintenance, a professional will check for any corrosion or leaks, clean the system, and ensure that all components are functioning correctly.

The average lifespan of a tank water heater is about 10-15 years, while tankless models can last up to 20 years with proper care. However, the lifespan can vary depending on factors like usage, water quality, and maintenance frequency. Indicators that your water heater needs to be replaced include persistent issues like insufficient hot water, noises from the tank, frequent repairs, or visible rust and corrosion on the tank. Upgrading to a newer model can offer improved energy efficiency and reliability, making it a worthwhile investment for your home’s comfort needs.

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