What is the Average Lifespan of a Water Heater?

One of the most important large appliances in a home, a water heater is necessary for washing dishes, clothes, cleaning, and to bathe. Without it, there would be no hot water to complete any of these tasks and we’re sure you don’t want to be taking a cold shower in the dead of winter! Learn more about your water heater, the average lifespan, and some tips for ensuring yours runs smoothly below.

The Average Lifespan of a Water Heater

The average water heater lasts anywhere between eight to twelve years, but depending on the year, make, model, and frequency of maintenance, this lifespan can be much longer (or shorter!). A water heater in a home with a couple versus a water heater in a home with a family of six will see┬áless deterioration since it’s used less often.

Signs Your Water Heater is Failing

If you notice these signs, it’s time to replace your water heater!

  • Rust on the exterior of your water heater tank
  • The water in your home is cold or lukewarm
  • There’s rusty water coming out of your faucet
  • There’s water pooling around your water heater
  • Your water heater is making strange noises

Selecting a New Water Heater

Are you finally taking the plunge and replacing your water heater? Here are a few of the options you have:

  • Conventional water heater
  • Tankless water heater
  • Heat pump water heater
  • Solar water heater

When speaking with your HVAC technician, they will be able to answer any of your questions about each type of water heater and help you make the decision that’s right for your home.

Not sure if your water heater needs to be replaced? Contact our team today at (978) 639-9222 to schedule your maintenance, repair or replacement.

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