How Long Do Hot Water Systems Last?

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General expectations
Factoring in the differences in manufacturer warranties and other exceptions there is no definite lifespan of a hot water system, but generally speaking you should be able to get 10 good years out of it.

If your hot water system has reached 10-15 years and is starting to make strange noises and failing to consistently produce hot water, then it’s safe to say it has come to the end of its life.

If you happen to be in an older property without any information about when the hot water system was installed and how old it is, we recommend getting a professional plumber in to take a look. They will be able to determine whether it can be repaired or needs replacing.

Tankless or storage tank
As mentioned, not all hot water systems can be judged according to the same guidelines. There are certain factors that will determine the lifespan of your system such as whether it is gas, electric, instantaneous or solar. As all of these systems operate differently, and their expected function time differs too.

Hot water systems that use tank storage are likely to have a shorter lifespan, since the stored water will corrode the tank over time. While an instant hot water system is likely to last much longer, since it employs a very simple mechanism and stores no water over time. Take this into consideration when buying your hot water system and choosing which option best suits your needs.

Buying quality
If you are purchasing a hot water system and want to get to most out of it, or you are replacing an old or faulty one, we recommend always opting for quality. Like every appliance, the better the quality, the longer the lifespan. Investing in a reputable brand and make can help increase the lifespan of your hot water system by a matter of years.

Keep your hot water system working with Seeflame Gas & Air
To capitalise on hot water system – whether it’s approaching the 10-year mark or not – it’s important to know when to call in the professionals. At Seeflame Gas & Air we are Adelaide’s trusted electric and solar hot water system repairs team, so please get in touch with us today, and we can help prolong the life of your hot water system.



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