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

November 17, 2016

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

  • Hot showers
  • Toasty baths
  • Disinfected 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 to provide some things to keep in mind 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 commonly last about a decade before you need to consider replacing the water heater. 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 can be found on the ID sticker on the water heater tank.

Maturing water heaters are nothing to ignore. A water heater that is 10 years or older is at greater risk of getting a leak and causing water damage to your home. If your water heater sits in your attic or above the bottom floor, the potential for catastrophic damage rises. Be sure you have your water heater maintenance every year to keep any leaks from damaging your home.

The most typical failure of residential water heaters that will require 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 outside your home and minimize the potential of water damage. Each 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 shut off should be placed close by.

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

When a gas water heater is consistently depleted of hot water due to substantial hot water use, the gas burner is set off more often which can produce heavy condensation on the outside of the tank. The condensation can produce more rapid decomposition of the steel tank. Also, the severe heat from the gas burner on the bottom of the water heater tank can also cause damage to the glass lining on the inside of the tank, which lowers the life expectancy of the water heater.

Water Heater sizing is a crucial replacement consideration.

The water supply cause all water heaters to be under pressure, and as water is heated, it expands creating even more pressure. When contemplating replacing a water heater, it’s generally better to go with a bigger 50 gallon tank, rather than a 30 or 40 gallon tank, as long as the location will accept the larger size. The larger tank will also give you more hot water capacity.

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