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

November 17, 2016

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

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

Given the power of the water heater, do you really know much about it? We’re here with some things to think about when it comes to maintaining, servicing, and replacing your water heater.

The typical 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 think about replacing the appliance. If you are unsure what age your water heater is, the date the system was manufactured will be shown in the serial number which is located 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 springing a leak and resulting in water damage to your home. If your water heater is in your attic or above the bottom floor, the potential for catastrophic damage rises. Be sure you have your water heater maintenance yearly to avoid any leaks from damaging your home.

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

It is best to have your plumbing expert install the water heater in a drain pan with piping that allows 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 shut off should be placed nearby.

If a water heater is “undersized,” especially a gas water heater, the system will breakdown in a shorter period 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 rapid decomposition of the steel tank. Furthermore, the extreme heat from the gas burner on the base of the water heater tank can also take its toll on the glass lining on the inside of the tank, which lowers 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 accommodate the larger size. The larger tank will also provide you more hot water capacity.

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