How Long Does a Home Water Heater Last?

If you’ve been pondering the purchase of a new home water heater, you may want to know how long it will last. The number of years varies based on the equipment type and how your family uses it.

How Long Does a Home Water Heater Last?


Generally, water heaters remain useful for around seven to 25 years. Units that last two or more decades are often among the most costly.


If this equipment has a water tank, its life expectancy will probably range from seven to 14 years. Tankless on-demand systems frequently have lifespans of at least 20 years.


Both the quality of the equipment and the soundness of the installation practices will have an impact on a heater’s longevity. It’s important to choose a model and contractor wisely.


Electric units often remain in service longer than their gas counterparts. It’s also easier to install electric-powered equipment because you won’t need a vent or fuel line.


A well-maintained water heating system typically lasts longer. Flushing is vital and becomes necessary more often if your water contains numerous minerals. Anode rods occasionally need replacement as well.


Do you frequently take baths or long showers? If so, your heater will probably wear out sooner. A larger family also increases consumption.


If you wash a lot of dishes, this equipment will require replacement more quickly. It may last longer if you eat out on a regular basis or use paper plates for snacks.


Washing machine owners can boost the life expectancies of their heaters by washing most or all clothing on the “cold” temperature setting. The clothes may last longer as well.

If your equipment seems to be approaching the end of its useful life, we can help. Please contact us today to learn about our high-quality products, expert water heater installation methods and prices that you can afford.

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