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

November 17, 2016

Your hot water heater is probably the most underrated machine in your home. Really – without your water heater, you don’t have any of these luxuries:

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

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

The average lifespan of residential water heaters is about ten to twelve years.

Natural gas and electric water heaters will typically last about a decade before you need to look into replacing the water heater. If you are not sure how old your water heater is, the date the system was manufactured will be shown in the serial number which can be found on the label on the water heater tank.

Older water heaters are nothing to ignore. A water heater that is ten years or older is at more risk of springing a leak and causing water damage to your home. If your water heater sits in your attic or above the first floor, the chance of catastrophic damage rises. Always have your water heater maintenance yearly to prevent any leaks from damaging your home.

The most usual 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 enables the pan to drain outside of your home and decrease the possibility of water damage. All water heaters should have a functional and obtainable 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 disconnect should be positioned close by.

If a water heater is “undersized,” particularly a gas water heater, the system will breakdown in a shorter time span.

When a gas water heater is regularly depleted of hot water due to significant hot water use, the gas burner is set off more often which can create heavy condensation on the outside of the tank. The condensation can produce more speedy decomposition of the steel tank. Additionally, the extreme heat from the gas burner on the bottom of the water heater tank can also cause damage to the glass lining on the interior of the tank, which reduces the life expectancy of the water heater.

Water Heater sizing is an important replacement factor.

All water heaters are under pressure from the water supply, and as water is heated, it grows creating even more pressure. When contemplating replacing a water heater, it’s usually better to go with a sizable 50 gallon tank, rather than a 30 or 40 gallon tank, presuming the location will accommodate the larger size. The larger tank will also give you more hot water capacity.

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