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

November 17, 2016

Your water heater is probably the most underestimated system in your home. Really – without the water heater, you wouldn’t have any of the following:

  • Warm showers
  • Warm baths
  • Clean 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 give you a few things to think about when it comes to maintaining, servicing, 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 usually last about a decade before you need to consider replacing the system. If you are unsure what age your water heater is, the date the system was manufactured will be shown 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 a decade or older is at higher risk of producing a leak and causing water damage to your home. If your water heater sits in your attic or above the bottom floor, the possibility of catastrophic damage rises. Make sure you have your water heater maintenance yearly to prevent any leaks from causing damage to your home.

The most typical malfunction of residential water heaters that will entail replacement is a leaking tank.

It is a good idea 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 probability of water damage. Each water heater should have a working and accessible 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 cut off should be placed nearby.

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

When a gas water heater is regularly drained of hot water due to significant hot water usage, the gas burner fires more frequently which can result in heavy condensation on the outside of the tank. The condensation can result in more speedy decomposition of the steel tank. Additionally, 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 interior of the tank, which reduces the lifespan of the water heater.

Water Heater sizing is an essential 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 thinking about replacing a water heater, it’s typically better to go with a bigger 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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