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

November 17, 2016

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

  • Warm showers
  • Warm 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 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 about ten to twelve years.

Natural gas and electric water heaters will commonly last about a decade before you need to look into replacing the water heater. If you are not sure what age your water heater is, the date the unit was manufactured will be shown in the serial number which is located on the label on the water heater tank.

Maturing water heaters are nothing to mess around with. A water heater that is a decade or older is at more risk of getting a leak and resulting in water damage to your home. If your water heater is positioned in your attic or above the bottom floor, the possibility of catastrophic damage goes up. Be sure you have your water heater maintenance yearly to avoid any leaks from creating damage in your home.

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

It is a good idea to have your installer place the water heater in a drain pan with piping that lets the pan to drain to the outside of your home and minimize the possibility of water damage. Every water heater should have a working and reachable 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 cut off should be placed within reach.

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

When a gas water heater is regularly depleted of hot water due to substantial hot water usage, the gas burner discharges repeatedly which can produce heavy condensation on the tank exterior. The condensation can create more rapid deterioration of the steel tank. Furthermore, 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 lowers the life expectancy 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 thinking about 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 50 gallon tank will also provide you more hot water capacity.

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