An electric water heater is just like any other home appliance. It is a fairly durable appliance if maintained well. The average life of a water heater is around 4-5 years. Warranty is offered by most manufacturers on product, on heating element and on the inner tank.
Product performance or life span of a water heater depends upon the water quality in respective areas. More hardness in water (measured in ppm) or chloride content will lead to scale build up inside the tank which in turn leads to lesser hot water output, more energy consumption and premature corrosion of tank. Periodic maintenance of the unit from authorised service personnel should be done to avoid any such occurrence. A comprehensive annual maintenance contract is also offered by most manufacturers which can ensure periodic check up of the water heater.
Here are some of the tips to identify the signs of a failing water heater:
The next time you notice any of the signs above; please call the authorised service technician to get the water heater checked. The preventive measures should be taken to have a problem free long lasting water heater.