Water heaters are an essential part of any home and knowing how long they last is just one way to make sure you are getting the most out of your water heater. There are some factors that do affect the life of a water heater and knowing what they are may help you determine if you are in need of a new water heater or if your water heater still has some life left in it.
Generally, a typical run of the mill water heater is going to last anywhere from 5 to 10 years. This is just an average water heater that is not top of the line and that does not have any special features to help with the longevity of the water heater. These are the typical water heaters that come in homes and that homeowners tend to gravitate toward when replacing their systems.
One way to help extend the life of your water heater is to take the time to have your water heater serviced as needed. A water heater is not like an HVAC system that needs tending ever year but they can benefit from having a checkup every once in a while. If you feel that your water heater is struggling to keep up with the demands of your family you may need to have it serviced.
Placement of your water heater can also extend its life. You should have your water heater inside the home in an area that is climate controlled where it is not likely to freeze in the winter months. You should also keep the area around you water heater free of debris and other items to prevent fire and other issues.
Lastly, you should follow the manufacturer’s suggestions for care of your water heater to help extend its life. Though the average water heater is meant to last 5 to 10 years there is no reason you cannot extend the life of your water heater by caring for it properly.