Why Do I Need Annual Water Heater Service?

The water heater is typically the last thing that you think of when it comes to appliances.  If you have a preferred customer membership you are already on the right track to maintaining your HVAC equipment.  By adding water heater service maintenance to your plan, your water heater will be safe, and outlast your neighbors.  According to consumer reports, they found that on average a water heater will last you about 10 years, give or take depending on the level of maintenance you have.  If you do not maintenance your water heater, you are bound to have issues.  (See the table below for more information.)

Below are just a few reasons why you should have your water heater serviced.

Maintenance keeps your water heater running safely.

As you can see in this video from MythBusters your water heater can work properly with the right service, or can also be a ticking time bomb.

Water heaters have moving parts just like your car, or your furnace or air conditioner.  If not properly maintained they can be very dangerous.

Water heater maintenance improves energy efficiency.

Like all appliances in your home, the water heater will lose efficiency as the years go on.  Sediment builds up in the unit, which will in turn cause the water heater to not hold as much water.  This could be a reason why your hot water doesn’t last very long.  A tankless water heater would provide hot water on demand, which will lower your utility bills.

Average life expectancy in years of a thermostat and a compactor, respectively the longest-lived and shortest-lived appliances in the American home, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Bank of America Home Equity Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components. (See the table below for an alphabetized list of appliances.)

Keep in mind that the life expectancy listed here are just general guidelines depending on the model and brand of appliances you buy and how well you treat them, your gear might last longer or might need replacing even sooner.

So after you figure out where to buy appliances, be sure to check the brand-repair histories (available to subscribers) of the gear on our Appliances hub.

Appliance Life Expectancy (years)
Air Conditioners (room) 10
Air Conditioners (central) 15
Boilers (electric) 13
Boilers (gas) 21
Compactors 6
Dehumidifiers 8
Dishwashers 9
Dryers (electric and gas) 13
Freezers 11
Furnaces (electric warm air) 15
Furnaces (gas warm air) 18
Furnaces (oil warm air) 20
Garbage Disposers 12
Humidifiers 8
Microwave Ovens 9
Range/Oven Hoods 14
Ranges (electric) 13
Ranges (gas) 15
Refrigerators 13
Refrigerators (compact) 9
Thermostats 35
Washing Machines 10
Water Heaters (electric) 11
Water Heaters (gas) 10
Water Heaters (tankless) 20+

Water heater-servicing helps your unit last longer.

We all want to save money, and one way of doing that is ensuring that your water heater gets serviced.

Purchasing a new water heater.

Purchasing a new water heater is a simple process, and typically Southwest Heating & Cooling can install a tank water heater the same day.  When purchasing a water heater you to have some choices out there.  Consumer Reports states that a tankless water heater can last over 20 years, while lower your water bill.  Talk to your serviceman, and do your research to find out what type of water heater you will need for your home.


Preferred Customer Membership:

The easiest and most inexpensive way to ensure that your water heater is serviced once a year is to add it to a preferred customer membership plan.  For only $19 you can add the water heater check up to your furnace and A/C tune up schedule.  Sign up today!