Feedback We had 2 inline 50 gallon Rheem water heaters. Our area has very poor water quality so will shorten the life of any water heater. I do not have a bad opinion of the brand. I do question why the builder insisted we needed 2. We replaced with a single 50 gallon water heater and do not anticipate an issue.
How many years can I depreciate a new hot water heater for a commercial office building ??? Can I take 50% additional depreciation or S179 depreciation ???
We give typical water heater life expectancies, we list some of the factors that affect water heater life, we recommend maintenance steps to get the longest useful life of your water heater, and we discuss the relationship between water heater warranties and the actual life expectancy of the heater.
The size of a water heater may have an effect on its life expectancy as well. If a water heater is too small for the household and is constantly heating large volumes of water, this may damage the glass lining of the water heater, wear out the heating elements faster or cause electrical problems.
For the statistics on why insurance companies get hot about water heater replacement, read our blog "Why is an older water heater an insurance problem?" If you are not sure how old your water heater is, find out at our blog "How do I decode the water heater serial number to figure out the age?"
Tankless water heaters can last two to three times longer than a traditional tank as long as the home owner cares for the tankless unit properly. Here are a few things that can extend your water heater's life: Add a 2nd anode rod. Installing a 2nd anode rod will greatly increase the life of your water heater.
Maintenance Extends Your Water Heater's Life. Basic maintenance can add years to your water heater's useful service life. (Photo by Summer Galyan) ... less time out ...
Follow our tips to troubleshoot your gas or electric water heater issues and learn how long a water heater should last. Based on the manufacturer's suggested service life, the life expectancy of a water heater is about 8 to 12 years.