Your water heater is probably the most underestimated appliance in your home. Seriously – without the water heater, you wouldn’t have any of the following:
- Warm showers
- Hot baths
- Sanitized dishes
- Sanitized towels and sheets
- Hot water, period.
Given the significance of the water heater, do you really know a good amount about it? We’re here to give you a couple things to remember 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 usually last about a decade before you need to look into replacing the system. If you are not sure what age your water heater is, the date the system was manufactured will be shown in the serial number which you can find on the identification tag on the water heater tank.
Aging water heaters are nothing to ignore. A water heater that is ten years or older is at more risk of producing a leak and resulting in 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 yearly to keep any leaks from causing damage to your home.
The most typical failure 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 enables the pan to drain to the outside of your home and minimize the possibility of water damage. Every water heater should have a operational 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 shut off should be positioned nearby.
If a water heater is “undersized,” in particular a gas water heater, the tank will fail in a shorter time span.
When a gas water heater is consistently emptied of hot water due to significant hot water utilization, the gas burner fires more often which can result in heavy condensation on the tank exterior. The condensation can create more expeditious deterioration of the steel tank. Additionally, the exceptional 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 reduces the life cycle of the water heater.
Water Heater sizing is an essential replacement issue.
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 typically better to go with a bigger 50 gallon tank, rather than a 30 or 40 gallon tank, presuming the location will accommodate the larger size. The larger tank will also supply you more hot water capacity.