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

November 17, 2016

Your water heater is probably the most underestimated appliance in your home. Think about it – without the water heater, you don’t have any of these perks:

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

Given the significance of the water heater, do you really know a good amount about it? We’re here with a couple things to think about when it comes to replacing, maintaining, and servicing your water heater.

The average lifespan of residential water heaters is between ten and twelve years.

Natural gas and electric water heaters will usually last about a decade before you need to think about replacing the system. If you aren’t sure what age your water heater is, the date the equipment was manufactured will be reflected in the serial number which you can find on the label on the water heater tank.

Older water heaters are nothing to ignore. A water heater that is 10 years or older is at higher risk of getting a leak and resulting in water damage to your home. If your water heater is in your attic or above the first floor, the potential for catastrophic damage rises. Make sure you have your water heater maintenance every year to prevent any leaks from causing damage to your home.

The most common breakdown of residential water heaters that will require replacement is a leaking tank.

It is highly recommended to have your plumber install the water heater in a drain pan with piping that lets the pan to drain outside of your home and minimize the possibility of water damage. Each water heater should have a functional 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 disconnect 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 heavy hot water utilization, the gas burner fires more often which can result in heavy condensation on the exterior of the tank. The condensation can cause more speedy breakdown of the steel tank. Additionally, the exceptional heat from the gas burner on the base of the water heater tank can also cause damage to the glass lining on the inner section of the tank, which reduces the lifespan of the water heater.

Water Heater sizing is an important replacement factor.

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 usually better to go with a larger 50 gallon tank, rather than a 30 or 40 gallon tank, providing the location will accommodate the larger size. The 50 gallon tank will also supply you more hot water capacity.

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