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 a water heater, you don’t have any of these luxuries:

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

Given the significance of the water heater, do you actually know a good amount about it? We’re here to give you some things to remember when it comes to maintaining, servicing, and replacing your water heater.

The typical lifespan of residential water heaters is 10-12 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 not sure what age your water heater is, the date the unit was manufactured will be displayed in the serial number which can be found on the identification tag on the water heater tank.

Maturing water heaters are nothing to ignore. A water heater that is ten years or older is at higher risk of springing a leak and leading to water damage to your home. If your water heater is in your attic or above the ground floor, the chance of catastrophic damage increases. Be sure you have your water heater maintenance every year to prevent any leaks from damaging your home.

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

It is best to have your plumber install the water heater in a drain pan with piping that lets the pan to drain outside of your home and minimize the possibility of water damage. All water heaters should have a operational and accessible 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 close by.

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

When a gas water heater is consistently drained of hot water due to significant hot water use, the gas burner fires repeatedly which can result in heavy condensation on the exterior of the tank. The condensation can cause more rapid breakdown of the steel tank. Furthermore, the exceptional heat from the gas burner on the bottom of the water heater tank can also take its toll on the glass lining on the inner section 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 grows creating even more pressure. When considering replacement of a water heater, it’s generally better to go with a bigger 50 gallon tank, rather than a 30 or 40 gallon tank, presuming the location will fit the larger size. The 50 gallon tank will also provide you more hot water capacity.

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