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

November 17, 2016

The water heater is probably the most underrated system in your home. Think about it – without the water heater, you couldn’t have any of the following:

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

Given the power of the water heater, do you truly know enough about it? We’re here with a few things to think about when it comes to replacing, maintaining, and servicing your water heater.

The usual lifespan of residential water heaters is 10-12 years.

Natural gas and electric water heaters will commonly last about a decade before you need to think about replacing the appliance. If you are unsure about the age of your water heater, the date the unit was manufactured will be shown in the serial number which you can find on the ID sticker on the water heater tank.

Older water heaters are nothing to mess around with. A water heater that is 10 years or older is at greater risk of producing a leak and causing water damage to your home. If your water heater sits in your attic or above the first floor, the potential for catastrophic damage rises. Be sure you have your water heater maintenance annually to keep any leaks from creating damage in your home.

The most typical breakdown of residential water heaters that will require 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 enables the pan to drain outside your home and minimize the probability 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 shut off should be positioned within reach.

If a water heater is “undersized,” in particular a gas water heater, the equipment will breakdown in a shorter period of time.

When a gas water heater is regularly depleted of hot water due to substantial hot water usage, the gas burner is set off more often which can result in heavy condensation on the exterior of the tank. The condensation can create more expeditious deterioration of the steel tank. Furthermore, the severe heat from the gas burner on the underside of the water heater tank can also take its toll on the glass lining on the interior of the tank, which reduces the life expectancy 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 expands creating even more pressure. When considering replacement of a water heater, it’s generally better to go with a sizable 50 gallon tank, rather than a 30 or 40 gallon tank, presuming the location will fit the larger size. The bigger tank will also provide you more hot water capacity.

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