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How Long Should My Water Heater Last Me?

Posted on March 1st, 2018

A water heater is a somewhat sizable investment, so you probably want to ensure that your water heater lasts for as long as possible before you have to replace it. Of course, every model and every household are different, but this is a quick guide that can help you understand what to expect.

How Long Should a Standard Water Heater Last?

First of all, if you are wondering how long your water heater will last you, you should first determine whether it’s a gas-powered or electric-powered water heater. If your water heater is powered by electricity it should last for 15 to 20 years. Providing it had regular care.

If you have a gas-powered water heater, you can expect for it to last for approximately eight to 12 years.

How Long Does a Tankless Water Heater Last?

You may have heard of some of the benefits of buying a tankless water heater, which heats water up on demand rather than storing a tank full of hot water. For example, you might have heard that a tankless water heater can save you a lot of money in energy or electricity costs and that it can prevent you from running out of hot water when you’re taking a shower.

Another good thing about a tankless water heater that you might not be aware of is the fact that they can last a lot longer. In general, you can expect for your tankless water heater to last for approximately 20 years.

How to Make Your Water Heater Last Longer

Of course, how you take care of your water heater can have a big impact on how long it lasts. First of all, choosing the right water heater will make a big difference in how long your water heater lasts. Additionally, draining your tank a couple of times a year to get rid of sediment is a good idea; if you don’t want to do it yourself, the pros from Plumbing & A/C Medic can help.

If you notice any leaks or other problems with your water heater, contact us. You will want a expert to take a look at it. We can determine if it’s a repair or a replace.

As you can see, a water heater can last for quite some time with proper care. If you need further tips or information about your water heater, contact Plumbing & A/C Medic today.