Recently KCTV 5 new ran a story that covered changes that will affect the way we heat our water. While the article did a good job of explaining the changes and how they would impact the average homeowner, the article did have some misleading information on one important detail.
The news team chose to interview AB May to help gather information for the article. A company that just so happens to be one of the biggest advertisers of all the plumbing companies in Kansas City. At the end of the article they reported that the average life for a water heater was only 7 years. We went back and took inventory on the last 53 water heaters that were replaced over the last 3 months.
This is a true representation of the average life of a water heater. I can't imagine how many people after seeing this news story decided to replace a perfectly good water heater because of the misinformation provided by the news outlet. It's bad enough that the government is regulating water heaters and causing a significant price increase, the last thing we need is the media to convince homeowners to replace their tanks before they need to.