Did you know that for every year that goes by, your water heater ages by 10? So, it could be a relatively short time before your household runs out of hot water.

Don’t risk a day when you can’t get a hot shower because your water heater has suddenly gone kaput.

If it’s been 12 or more years since you bought your appliance or acquired it through the purchase of a new home, then it’s likely time for a new one. Factors including heavy use, cold climates, maintenance, and more all affect the lifespan of your water heater.

To see how long your water heater has, take the quiz. 

When you are ready for an upgrade, research says propane water heaters perform better than electric models, in every category that matters.

How propane tops electric.