How Can I Check the Age of My Hot Water Heater?

The average water heater that has a tank will last between eight and 12 years. Tankless water heaters may last longer than 20 years. If your water heater is 10 years or older, it’s time to start thinking about replacing it before it completely fails. But what if you aren’t sure how old your water heater is? If you’re having a plumber do hot water heater repairs, you can ask him or her. Or, check the label on the appliance. 

The manufacturer’s sticker should be located near the top of the water heater. You should see a serial number that starts with a letter. The letter represents the month of manufacture. Let’s say your serial number starts with A. A is the first letter in the alphabet, so it was manufactured in January—the first month of the year. The next two digits represent the year. If your digits are 06, your water heater was manufactured in 2006. Note that serial number codes can vary from one manufacturer to the next. You can check the manufacturer’s website if your serial number appears to be different. 

The expert plumbers at Ace Plumbing can service, repair, and install all brands of water heaters. Call (916) 455-4548 to request a hot water heater repair in Sacramento. 

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