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. Really – without a water heater, you don’t have any of these luxuries:

  • Steamy showers
  • Toasty baths
  • Disinfected dishes
  • Sanitized 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 remember 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 typically last about a decade before you need to think about replacing the water heater. If you aren’t sure what age your water heater is, the date the system was manufactured will be shown in the serial number which you can find on the ID sticker on the water heater tank.

Maturing water heaters are nothing to mess around with. A water heater that is 10 years or older is at greater risk of getting a leak and leading to water damage to your home. If your water heater is in your attic or above the ground floor, the potential for catastrophic damage increases. Be sure you have your water heater maintenance every year to avoid any leaks from creating damage in your home.

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

It is best to have your plumbing expert install the water heater in a drain pan with piping that lets the pan to drain outside of your home and decrease the possibility of water damage. Every water heater should have a operational and reachable cut-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 switch off should be located within reach.

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

When a gas water heater is routinely depleted of hot water due to heavy hot water use, the gas burner discharges repeatedly which can create heavy condensation on the tank exterior. The condensation can produce more rapid breakdown of the steel tank. Furthermore, the exceptional heat from the gas burner on the underside of the water heater tank can also deteriorate the glass lining on the inner section of the tank, which decreases the lifespan of the water heater.

Water Heater sizing is a significant replacement factor.

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

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