A water heater generally lasts around eight to 12 years, but some can last longer than that. There are several water heater life expectancy factors that you should know about so you can prevent problems and extend the lifespan of your water heater.
What are the Most Important Water Heater Life Expectancy Factors?
If your water heater has a tank, the material it’s made of and how well it is constructed can affect the heater’s longevity. Where and how a water heater is installed can also influence how long it will last. If your water heater was placed in an area that is susceptible to flooding, if the water heater was installed improperly in order to squeeze it into a tight space, if fuel or water piping connections were installed incorrectly, or if there is insufficient venting, those issues can shorten the water heater’s lifespan.
The way you use the water heater is another factor. If you set it to a high temperature or use a lot of hot water, your heater may wear out faster.
The water itself can affect the lifespan of a water heater. If your water supply is corrosive or contains high levels of calcium or magnesium, your water heater’s service life can be shortened.
How Can You Extend the Life of Your Water Heater?
Taking care of your water heater can make it last longer. You should regularly flush the water heater to remove dirt and mineral debris and replace the anode as necessary.
Professional maintenance is also important. Tri-County Water Services can send a technician to your home to inspect your water heater and perform required maintenance. If there is a problem, we can repair it so that you won’t have to worry about your water heater breaking down. If your water heater hasn’t been properly maintained and we discover that it’s worn out or near the end of its lifespan, we can install a new one and perform maintenance on a regular schedule so that you won’t have to worry about problems any time soon. Call us today at (610) 857-1740 to schedule a water heater inspection and maintenance.