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

November 17, 2016

Your water heater is probably the most underrated appliance in your home. Think about it – without the water heater, you wouldn’t have any of these perks:

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

Given the importance of the water heater, do you truly know a good amount about it? We’re here to give you a couple things to think about when it comes to replacing, maintaining, and servicing 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 consider replacing the appliance. If you aren’t sure what age your water heater is, the date the equipment was manufactured will be reflected in the serial number which you can find on the label on the water heater tank.

Aging water heaters are nothing to ignore. A water heater that is 10 years or older is at higher risk of getting a leak and resulting in water damage to your home. If your water heater is in your attic or above the first floor, the possibility of catastrophic damage rises. Be sure you have your water heater maintenance every year to prevent any leaks from damaging your home.

The most typical breakdown of residential water heaters that will need replacement is a leaking tank.

It is highly recommended to have your installer place the water heater in a drain pan with piping that allows the pan to drain outside of your home and minimize the potential of water damage. Each water heater should have a functional and reachable 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 disconnect should be located close by.

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

When a gas water heater is routinely emptied of hot water due to substantial hot water utilization, the gas burner discharges more frequently which can result in heavy condensation on the exterior of the tank. The condensation can cause more rapid 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 inner section of the tank, which lowers the lifespan of the water heater.

Water Heater sizing is an important 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 thinking about replacing a water heater, it’s usually better to go with a larger 50 gallon tank, rather than a 30 or 40 gallon tank, providing the location will accommodate the larger size. The 50 gallon tank will also supply you more hot water capacity.

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