Here's a question that comes up with my clients all the time.
Water heaters. You see, water heaters in Arizona can typically last anywhere from 8 to 15 years depending on the maintenance you provide. That's right... do you do any maintenance on your water heater? Probably not. If not, you are the eight year type.
If so, you can get usually about 15 years out of it.
So when we purchase a home, we see new water heaters that have been replaced and older water heaters that work perfectly well. And yet, we see it in our home inspection reports "water heater nearing the end of its life cycle" and yet, it will last another eight years....
So... water heaters can last upwards of 15 years with.....proper maintenance. That's right. Without that care, they last about 8 to 9 years top, typically they start leaking, in the worst of places, usually starting with a rusting issue. Once a heater starts leaking, or rusting, it needs replacing.
So here's a few tips from your favorite real estate agent...
Once a year, test the pressure relief valve on your water heater and replace it if it works improperly. The valve is supposed to keep pressure from building up inside the water heater and causing an explosion. When you raise the lever on the valve, you should hear water running out the drain line. If so, your valve is OK. But if your test lever won’t go up or won’t reset after you raise it or if you don’t hear water running, call a plumber, a competent handyman or your contractor. If you have owned a water heater many years and have never tested the valve, it might be too corroded to test. Call a plumber, a competent handyman or your contractor.
By the way, if you don't have any of them... call me, I have the best in the valley.
At least once a year, drain the water out of the tank to remove sediment.
Every two to five years replace the sacrificial anode rod inside the water heater. This metal rod -- that unscrews from an opening on top of the water heater -- is designed to deteriorate in order to protect other exposed metals in the tank. Rods generally last two to five years. Once they get corroded, they can’t do their job and the heating element deteriorates.
What about Tankless Water Heaters, you say?
Well, they are the hottest item in home improvements right now as tankless water heaters have been growing in popularity. They have been around for many years now - a fully tested technology.
You see, they’re about the size of a briefcase and can quickly produce hot water in your house when you need it. It doesn’t happen instantly; you do have to run the water a little before hot water comes out. But they don’t leak the way that traditional water heaters do. A tankless unit, with high-powered burners that can be fueled by gas or electricity, can last 20 years!
My clients love them because getting rid of that old water heater frees up so much storage space, they are a hot item in home renovations because they use little space and they also save energy as most if not all are Energy Star rated!
So you heard it here...
Richard Bazinet - Realty ONE Group - Phoenix Scottsdale Real Estate