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

November 17, 2016

The water heater is probably the most underestimated machine in your home. Really – without a water heater, you don’t have any of these perks:

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

Given the significance of the water heater, do you truly know much about it? We’re here to give you a couple things to remember when it comes to replacing, maintaining, and servicing your water heater.

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

Natural gas and electric water heaters will usually last about a decade before you need to look into replacing the water heater. If you are unsure about the age of your water heater, the date the system was manufactured will be shown in the serial number which you can find on the identification tag on the water heater tank.

Older water heaters are nothing to mess around with. 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 ground floor, the chance of catastrophic damage goes up. Be sure you have your water heater maintenance yearly to prevent any leaks from causing damage to your home.

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

It is a good idea to have your plumbing expert install the water heater in a drain pan with piping that enables the pan to drain outside your home and lower the possibility of water damage. Every water heater should have a working and reachable turn-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 cut off should be placed within reach.

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

When a gas water heater is consistently emptied of hot water due to substantial hot water use, the gas burner fires more frequently which can result in heavy condensation on the tank exterior. The condensation can produce more rapid deterioration of the steel tank. Also, the extreme heat from the gas burner on the underside of the water heater tank can also take its toll on the glass lining on the inside of the tank, which decreases the life cycle of the water heater.

Water Heater sizing is an essential replacement factor.

The water supply creates pressure for all water heaters, and as water is heated, it grows creating even more pressure. When considering replacement of a water heater, it’s typically better to go with a larger 50 gallon tank, rather than a 30 or 40 gallon tank, presuming the location will accommodate the larger size. The 50 gallon tank will also give you more hot water capacity.

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