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How Long Does a Typical Water Heater Last Me?

| Tuesday October 19, 2021
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Fun fact: water heaters do not last you a lifetime. In fact, like most home appliances, water heaters will break down at some point. The bigger question to ask here is how long does a typical water heater last me?

Broadly speaking, there are two types of residential water heaters in the market: tankless water heater, as well as tank water heater.

Here in Malaysia, most families use electric tankless hot water heaters, so we shall only be covering that today.

Life Span of Tankless Water Heaters

In most situations, electric tankless hot water heaters are usually installed bathrooms. This means that they are constantly exposed to a moist environment. Overtime, it is inevitable that the instant water heater breaks down.

On the other hand, storage or tank water heaters can sometimes be installed outside of the bathroom. Moreover, some storage water heaters are concealed in a false ceiling, which serves as an additional layer of protection against moist. Lastly, storage water heaters are made with tough materials that can help to resist corrosion for many years. Hence, storage water heaters tend to last longer than instant water heaters.

Therefore, in such a moist environment, tankless water heaters tend to have a shorter life span. Typically, an electric tankless water heater should last you for approximately three to five years. la

What are Some Signs that a Water Heater is Going to Stop Working?

Water heaters can break down when you least expect it, so look out for signs that might indicate a problem. Some of these signs are:

An illustration of rusty water

1. Rusty water

If the water in your water heater appears brownish or tinted, this could be a sign that the heating chamber or heating element is corroding and rusty. When shopping for an electric tankless water heater, do take note of what material the heating chamber or heating element is made of to minimize rust.

2. Moisture in the Electrical Component

A crack or leak in your water heater might cause water moist to seep into your instant water heater unit. When that happens, your electrical circuit boards may be damaged by water, causing your instant water heater unit to break down. Hence, when shopping for an electric instant water heater, ensure that the water heater comes with some IP protection that protects it from water splashes.

3. Rumbling Noise

Sometimes, incoming water into the instant water heater may be tainted with sediments. When accumulated over time, the sediments will become harder and shift around during the heating process. This will then result in gurgling or rumbling noises. If you hear such noises, this is a sign that your electric tankless hot water heater may be breaking down soon.

4. Not Enough Hot Water

If you fail to notice the abovementioned signs of failure, then perhaps the more telling sign would be the declining amount of hot water. If, over time, you notice that your instant water heater is no longer producing hot water as quickly and often as it used to, then you need to be prepared to replace your electric instant water heater.

How to Shop for a Quality Instant Water Heater

As briefly mentioned in the section above, the materials used can determine the longevity of your electric instant water heaters. On this note, you may want to consider Rheem’s Prestige range of Electric Instant Water Heaters.

A woman enjoying shower with Rheem’s prestige product

For starters, Rheem’s Prestige range of Electric Instant Water Heaters are the only electric tankless water heaters in the market that come with a stainless-steel heating chamber. This means that it will be resistant to rust and corrosion, providing you with years of worry-free warm showers.

In addition to stainless-steel heating chamber, Rheem’s Prestige range of Electric Instant Water Heaters also come with an Incoloy heating element. A superalloy, Incoloy is known to be able to withstand high temperature, enable rapid heat transfer, and is highly durable. This also means that with Rheem’s Prestige range of Electric Instant Water Heaters, you can enjoy years of worry-free warm showers.

Stainless steel heating chamber for long lasting performance

Furthermore, both the stainless-steel heating chamber and incoloy heating element are replaceable. This means that in the unlike event of a component malfunction, you only need to replace the faulty parts instead of the entire water heater unit. This saves you time and effort from having to shop for and install a new tankless water heater unit.

 Replaceable heating element for Rheem’s water heater

But that is not all. Rheem’s Prestige range of Electric Instant Water Heaters also come with other features such as a splashproof casing to protect the internal electrical components from water splashes. It also comes with safety features such as an auto-cut off. With auto-cut off, the water heater will stop heating water once it senses that the outgoing temperature reaches a pre-set temperature to minimize the chances of you from being scalded. Lastly, with the Prestige Platinum and Plus Electric Instant Water Heater, you can shower with a consistent outgoing temperature. This is especially important because in the event there is another open water source at home, there will be no change in the water temperature, which means you can continue enjoying your warm shower in peace.

Rheem’s water heaters safety-first feature

Final Verdict

With that much premium features, it is understandable why Rheem’s Prestige range of Electric Instant Water Heaters can easily be one of the best water heaters in the market that can last you for many, many years. To learn more about Rheem’s Prestige Platinum Electric Instant Water Heater, visit https://www.rheemmalaysia.com/product/prestige-platinum-instant-shower/

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