A man working on a water heater.

How long can I expect my water heater to run efficiently?

Life expectancy of a traditional, tanked water heater in Charlotte is 8 to 12 years.

Many outside elements affect expansion/contraction within your water heater, moisture, etc. that can either lengthen or shorten your heater’s life.

Potential Water Heater Leaks and Floods in Charlotte

If your water heater is in your attic or any other area where potential leaks and/or flooding could result in expensive water damage, we recommend you replace it no later than 10 years. The risk of water damage to your home can quickly become a reality as your water heater ages.

Learn the warnings of a leak, how to avoid damage and best placement for your water heater.

The garage is a seemingly safe, out-of-the-way location for a water heater, and for that reason, many people wait until their water heater leaks before they replace it. But even in a garage, leaks can be a problem. Before putting your water heater on “ignore,” take time to survey the room. Since garages are often used as storage, anything of value that could be ruined by water should be properly secured.

Most water heaters are placed on stands when installed in a garage. The water heater stand is designed to keep the gas burner 18-inches off of the floor (there are some code exceptions). Certain local codes may require this for electric water heaters too.

Related: “Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters”

Be prepared for an emergency plumber in Charlotte

In a plumbing emergency in Charlotte, you don’t want to feel trapped or out of options. So in the event of a leak, it’s important that every able person knows how to turn off the water, gas, and/or electricity to your appliance. It also helps to know Morris Jenkins, your Charlotte plumbing repair company you can rely on, in case of an emergency ahead of time. A company that’s available 24 hours a day, and 365 days a year.

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