How long before replacing electric hot water heater?

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How often should I replace a hot water heater?

  • And while it is recommended that you replace your hot water heater every 10 to 15 years, some water heaters last much longer than that. You can pretty much use your water heater until it becomes inefficient and starts costing you money.

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Most single-family homes have 40-50 gallon water heaters. You may have to adjust the times given based on how big the water heater is. The times given are also for a complete refill. If you only use, say, half your water tank's capacity at once, the heating time will of course be much less.

If you have a gas water heater set to 120 degrees and the incoming water is about 50 degrees, you shouldn’t have to wait more than about 30-50 minutes for hot water (in 40 and 50-gallon units). If you have a 5500-watt electric water heater set to 120 degrees and the incoming water temperature is about 50 degrees, you’ll have hot water after a little longer wait.

Then you'll run into a situation where the water is not that hot the next time you go to use it and then an hour or so later when you use the water it will be very hot. If that's the case, you'll need to replace the lower element soon or the top one will go also.

Check the following when your water isn't hot enough. Electric Water Heater. Make sure the power is connected and reset the thermostat. Flush the heater to remove sediment from the tank. Insulate the hot water pipes. Replace the heating element or thermostat. Raise the temperature setting on the thermostat. Gas Water Heater

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Remove the aerator from the nearest faucet and open the hot side. Slowly turn on the water supply and check connections around the water heater for leaks. If you're leak free, fill the tank. If you have leaks, shut off the water supply and gently tighten the connections. Repeat until the connections are secure.

Wait for the water in the tank to cool. This is very important because the heating elements operate off a thermostat, and hot water in the tank will affect electrical flow to the heating elements. Open a hot water faucet and run the water to verify it is cool.

From the time new water enters, it would take about an hour for an electric water heater to warm the 40-gallon tank described above. This is why homes with larger water demands usually decide to purchase a whole house gas tank water heater instead of an electric model. Electric models are excellent for smaller homes and smaller water demands.

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