Things to Keep in Mind When It Comes to Your Water Heater

November 17, 2016

The water heater is probably the most underrated machine in your home. Really – without your water heater, you wouldn’t have any of the following:

  • Steamy showers
  • Warm baths
  • Clean dishes
  • Clean towels and sheets
  • Hot water, period.

Given the significance of the water heater, do you truly know enough about it? We’re here to provide a few things to keep in mind when it comes to replacing, maintaining, and servicing your water heater.

The typical lifespan of residential water heaters is 10-12 years.

Natural gas and electric water heaters will typically last about a decade before you need to look into replacing the appliance. If you aren’t sure what age your water heater is, the date the system was manufactured will be displayed in the serial number which you can find on the identification tag on the water heater tank.

Older water heaters are nothing to ignore. A water heater that is ten years or older is at greater risk of springing a leak and causing water damage to your home. If your water heater sits in your attic or above the bottom floor, the possibility of catastrophic damage increases. Make sure you have your water heater maintenance every year to avoid any leaks from damaging your home.

The most usual failure of residential water heaters that will entail replacement is a leaking tank.

It is best to have your plumber install the water heater in a drain pan with piping that lets the pan to drain to the outside of your home and decrease the possibility of water damage. Every water heater should have a working and obtainable shut-off valve on the inlet water supply to the tank, and a ball-type valve on the gas supply. For electric water heaters, an electrical disconnect should be positioned nearby.

If a water heater is “undersized,” in particular a gas water heater, the equipment will malfunction in a shorter amount of time.

When a gas water heater is routinely depleted of hot water due to substantial hot water usage, the gas burner is set off more frequently which can result in heavy condensation on the outside of the tank. The condensation can result in more expeditious breakdown of the steel tank. Additionally, the severe heat from the gas burner on the base of the water heater tank can also take its toll on the glass lining on the inner section of the tank, which reduces the life expectancy of the water heater.

Water Heater sizing is a significant replacement consideration.

The water supply cause all water heaters to be under pressure, and as water is heated, it grows creating even more pressure. When considering replacement of a water heater, it’s generally better to go with a sizable 50 gallon tank, rather than a 30 or 40 gallon tank, providing the location will fit the larger size. The larger tank will also give you more hot water capacity.

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