Plumbing Component Lifespan: Water Heater and Pumps

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some standard average lifespans for some of the most common and important plumbing components in your home. Different fixtures will last for varying lengths of time depending on their materials used, installation quality and user maintenance, among other factors, but having a general baseline understanding for how long you can expect a given appliance to last is always good.

At My Buddy the Plumber, we’re here to help with numerous plumbing components, from water heater repair to drain cleaning, sewer line jetting and many other areas. What are some of the other most important plumbing fixtures in your home, and roughly how long can you expect them to last if they’ve recently been replaced – or if you know they’re approaching the end of their lifespan?

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Water Heater

One of the most commonly-used plumbing components in any home is the hot water heater, which is in use every day. It’s used for items ranging from faucets and sinks to showers, laundry machines and more.

It’s important to note that water heater lifespan can vary pretty widely, largely hinging on one factor: How many people live in the home, and how often hot water is utilized. That said, here are some rough averages for water heater lifespan based on the type of water heater in question:

  • Traditional water heater: 12 years
  • Heat pump water heater: 10 years
  • Tankless water heater (on-demand, no tank used): 20 years

Sump Pump

You may not necessarily be aware of it, but one of the single most important plumbing components in your home is the sump pump. This refers to a location in the home, generally the lowest point of the basement, that’s designed to collect and pump away and water if leaks or floods occur due to heavy rain or some other issue. Water flows down to a sump pan, and is collected and then removed from the home via the sump pump.

On average, sump pumps last about 10 years with proper use and maintenance. If yours is approaching this point, it might be good to have it inspected or replaced.

Well Pump

Another type of pump used in some homes is the well pump, which is specific to properties that draw their water from a water well. Similar to the water heater, this component will vary in lifespan pretty widely depending on how much water you use, how many people use it, plus several of the details of the well itself – for this reason, a standard well pump can last anywhere from eight to 15 years.

For more on the average expected lifespan of various plumbing components, or to learn about any of our plumbing or HVAC services, speak to the staff at My Buddy the Plumber today.