Your water heater is probably the most underappreciated machine in your home. Really – without a water heater, you wouldn’t have any of these luxuries:
- Hot showers
- Warm baths
- Clean dishes
- Disinfected towels and sheets
- Hot water, period.
Given the importance of the water heater, do you actually know a good amount about it? We’re here to give you a few things to keep in mind when it comes to servicing, maintaining, and replacing your water heater.
The typical lifespan of residential water heaters is between ten and 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 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 label on the water heater tank.
Maturing water heaters are nothing to ignore. A water heater that is 10 years or older is at higher risk of producing 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 rises. Make 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 a good idea 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 decrease the possibility of water damage. Every water heater should have a operational and accessible 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 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 regularly drained of hot water due to significant hot water usage, the gas burner fires repeatedly which can result in heavy condensation on the exterior of the tank. The condensation can cause more speedy breakdown of the steel tank. Furthermore, the exceptional heat from the gas burner on the base of the water heater tank can also cause damage to the glass lining on the inner section of the tank, which lowers the lifespan of the water heater.
Water Heater sizing is a significant replacement consideration.
All water heaters are under pressure from the water supply, and as water is heated, it grows creating even more pressure. When thinking about replacing a water heater, it’s generally better to go with a larger 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.