How Long Should You Expect Water Heaters to Last?

Every appliance has a maximum lifespan. While it can exceed that lifespan if properly cared for, generally there is a certain time frame in which you can expect it to start having major problems. With water heaters, there general life span can vary. There are a number of factors that can affect how long a water heater lives, but it usually runs:

How Long Should You Expect Your Water Heater to Last?

Your water heaters should last 10 to 13 years.

In most cases, your heater will last you between 10 and 13 years in your home. However, you will find that your water heater can start having major problems in as few as six years. It is this wildly short potential life span that can actually affect your choice of water heaters. You may think, “If mine dies in six years, do I need that more expensive energy efficient model?” Yet, in homes where this short life span of a water heaters and often may other appliances is the case, they have a very specific problem – hard water.

Do you have hard water?

If you have hard water in your home, it will wear down water heaters and other appliances much faster. While the Houston area does have hard water, this only becomes a concern if you use well water. City water will already be softened enough.

If your home does have hard water, but you haven’t installed a water softener, simple water heater maintenance can wildly extend the life span of your heater. Essentially, once or twice a year you will need to drain your water heater and flush out the sediment from the bottom. This is recommended for every home and can help your heater reach that maximum life span.

Is your water heater getting up there towards the 13-year mark?

If it hasn’t had problems yet, you are lucky, but they are going to start soon. If you need help with the replacement of your heater in the Houston area, contact us today.