Water heaters play a crucial role in the efficient running of the home, which is why we like to pay particular attention to them during our home inspections. As is true of any appliance, though, a water heater will have to be replaced at some point. So, what is the average lifecycle of a water heater?

A home water heater has an average lifespan of about 10 years. However, a number of factors can change this time frame. Here are some of them:

It stands to reason that the more use a water heater gets, the more wear and tear is placed on it. This, in turn, will affect its lifespan.

A water heater’s lifespan will also depend on how it is installed. For example, a lot of homeowners decide to try the installation themselves, only to find out that the job is much harder than it looked, especially in the case of tankless gas heaters. If you want your water heater to last as long as possible, it would be best to hire a professional to install it for you.

Thought should be given to where you will have the water heater installed as this will also affect its lifespan. It must be placed in a well-ventilated area with room for it to sit in an upright position. Do not select an area that is susceptible to flooding as this will place the water heater at high risk of damage and rust. When deciding on a space for the water heater to be installed you will also want to have in mind future maintenance and repairs and choose an easy to access area.

If you have started to shop around for a new water heater remember that, as is the case with many items, you get what you pay for. In general, the more expensive the water heater is, the better the quality which means a longer lifespan. You should also check that it comes with a long warranty as this is another sign that it will last for a long time.