The general answer is in middle of October, which typically means many of us are thinking about our autumn to-do list — the things we will need to do to ensure our homes are ready for the cold months ahead. From shutting down irrigation systems and raking leaves to calling a chimney sweep and cleaning the gutters, it is a busy time of year.

But what about your water heater? It has a huge job all year, and it works overtime when temperatures drop. So how often should you have your water heater serviced?

Water Heater Lifespan

Generally speaking, water heaters typically last between eight and twelve years. Bear in mind that things like location, expertise of installation, the make and model of the water heater itself, and frequency of maintenance will all play a part in how long your water heater lasts.

Typically, professional plumbers recommend flushing your water heater annually. Your tank will be emptied and refilled to eliminate a sediment build-up. If sediment is left to gather, it can clog your system and cause big problems.

Annual water heater service will also have an inspection and a deep clean of things such as the coils, rods, and other components. In addition, annual water heater service should keep things running smoothly, but don’t wait to contact a local Long Beach Plumber if you see any of these warning signs:

  • Leaks or puddles around your water heater
  • Low water pressure
  • Constant clicking, clanging, or popping sounds in your water heater, which could indicate overheating
  • Rusty water from all of your faucets