How Long Does a Water Heater Typically Last?


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Home water heaters typically have a lifespan of approximately 10 years. The exact lifespan of the water heater depends on various factors, including correct installation, usage, construction quality of the water heater and proper maintenance.

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A water heater that is installed properly in a well-ventilated area typically has a longer lifespan. Models of water heaters with higher-wattage heating elements are more resistant to mineral buildup that decreases the lifespan of the system. Water tanks in parts of the country where the water has higher mineral content have shorter lifespans. Maintaining the water heater by occasionally flushing the tank and reducing sediment buildup can increase its lifespan.

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