How Long Do Water Heaters Last?

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One of the worst things that can happen (especially during the cold months) is when your water heater stops working. You can often prevent this from happening unexpectedly by staying aware and on top of your water heater’s age, repairs, and maintenance. Here is some information on how long you can expect water heaters to last, so you can schedule the replacement before it stops working entirely.

How Long Do Water Heaters Last?

Eight to ten years

You can typically expect water heaters to last for up to eight to ten years. Keeping the same water heater for over ten years is just testing your luck unless you’ve been taking proper care of your heater. Scheduling regular maintenance can help increase the lifespan of water heater, so they aren’t being weighed down by hard water minerals or suffering from a broken heating mechanism due to corrosion.

Even though the expected lifespan of water heaters is eight to ten years, depending on the brand and care, it doesn’t always last quite that long. Sometimes you’ll need a replacement before you’ve gotten ten years out of it.

Listen to your water heater

The most important thing to keep in mind when it comes to considering a water heater replacement isn’t so much about the age but the signs of malfunction. If your water heater is malfunctioning or suffering damages beyond repair, you’ll want to have it replaced even before it reached the end of its lifespan. For example, if the heating element has been corroded by a buildup of minerals, there’s likely larger issues within the heater as well, so a simple repair will only give you borrowed time before it stops working again.

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