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

November 17, 2016

The water heater is probably the most underestimated system in your home. Seriously – without a water heater, you couldn’t have any of these perks:

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

Given the power of the water heater, do you actually know enough about it? We’re here to give you a couple things to remember when it comes to maintaining, servicing, and replacing your water heater.

The usual lifespan of residential water heaters is about ten to twelve years.

Natural gas and electric water heaters will commonly last about a decade before you need to think about replacing the system. If you are unsure how old your water heater is, the date the system was manufactured will be displayed in the serial number which can be found on the identification tag on the water heater tank.

Maturing water heaters are nothing to take lightly. A water heater that is 10 years or older is at greater risk of springing a leak and leading to water damage to your home. If your water heater is in your attic or above the bottom floor, the possibility of catastrophic damage goes up. Always have your water heater maintenance yearly to prevent any leaks from causing damage to your home.

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

It is best to have your plumber install the water heater in a drain pan with piping that lets the pan to drain outside your home and minimize the potential 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 disconnect should be located nearby.

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

When a gas water heater is consistently depleted of hot water due to heavy hot water usage, the gas burner discharges repeatedly which can result in heavy condensation on the outside of the tank. The condensation can result in more speedy deterioration of the steel tank. Additionally, the exceptional heat from the gas burner on the base of the water heater tank can also deteriorate the glass lining on the inner section of the tank, which decreases the life expectancy of the water heater.

Water Heater sizing is an important replacement factor.

The water supply cause all water heaters to be under pressure, and as water is heated, it grows creating even more pressure. When contemplating replacing 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 accept the larger size. The bigger tank will also provide you more hot water capacity.

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