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

November 17, 2016

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

  • Steamy showers
  • Hot baths
  • Disinfected dishes
  • Clean towels and sheets
  • Hot water, period.

Given the significance of the water heater, do you really know much about it? We’re here with a few things to think about when it comes to servicing, maintaining, 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 typically last about a decade before you need to look into replacing the water heater. If you are not sure about the age of your water heater, the date the system was manufactured will be reflected in the serial number which is located on the identification tag on the water heater tank.

Maturing water heaters are nothing to mess around with. A water heater that is 10 years or older is at higher risk of producing a leak and causing water damage to your home. If your water heater is in your attic or above the bottom floor, the chance of catastrophic damage increases. Always have your water heater maintenance every year to prevent any leaks from damaging your home.

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

It is highly recommended to have your plumbing expert install the water heater in a drain pan with piping that allows the pan to drain to the outside of your home and minimize the possibility of water damage. All water heaters should have a working 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 shut off should be located nearby.

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

When a gas water heater is consistently drained of hot water due to heavy hot water usage, the gas burner discharges repeatedly which can create heavy condensation on the exterior of the tank. The condensation can result in more speedy breakdown of the steel tank. Furthermore, the extreme heat from the gas burner on the bottom of the water heater tank can also cause damage to the glass lining on the interior of the tank, which reduces the life expectancy of the water heater.

Water Heater sizing is a crucial replacement consideration.

The water supply creates pressure for all water heaters, and as water is heated, it grows creating even more pressure. When contemplating replacing a water heater, it’s generally better to go with a sizable 50 gallon tank, rather than a 30 or 40 gallon tank, as long as the location will accommodate the larger size. The bigger tank will also provide you more hot water capacity.

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