Your water heater is probably the most underestimated appliance in your home. Think about it – without your water heater, you wouldn’t have any of the following:
- Hot showers
- Warm baths
- Clean dishes
- Disinfected towels and sheets
- Hot water, period.
Given the significance of the water heater, do you truly know much about it? We’re here with 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 commonly last about a decade before you need to look into replacing the system. If you are unsure about the age of your water heater, the date the system was manufactured will be reflected in the serial number which is located on the label on the water heater tank.
Older water heaters are nothing to mess around with. A water heater that is 10 years or older is at higher risk of getting a leak and leading to water damage to your home. If your water heater is positioned in your attic or above the bottom floor, the chance of catastrophic damage rises. Be sure you have your water heater maintenance yearly to avoid any leaks from creating damage in your home.
The most typical malfunction of residential water heaters that will entail replacement is a leaking tank.
It is a good idea 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 lower the possibility of water damage. All water heaters should have a operational 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 shut off should be located close by.
If a water heater is “undersized,” particularly a gas water heater, the equipment will malfunction in a shorter period of time.
When a gas water heater is routinely emptied of hot water due to significant hot water use, the gas burner is set off more frequently which can result in heavy condensation on the exterior of the tank. The condensation can create more expeditious decomposition of the steel tank. Additionally, the exceptional heat from the gas burner on the underside of the water heater tank can also deteriorate the glass lining on the interior of the tank, which reduces the lifespan of the water heater.
Water Heater sizing is a crucial replacement issue.
All water heaters are under pressure from the water supply, and as water is heated, it extends creating even more pressure. When contemplating replacing a water heater, it’s usually better to go with a larger 50 gallon tank, rather than a 30 or 40 gallon tank, providing the location will fit the larger size. The 50 gallon tank will also give you more hot water capacity.