Your hot water heater is probably the most underestimated appliance in your home. Seriously – without the water heater, you couldn’t have any of the following:
- Steamy showers
- Warm baths
- Sanitized dishes
- Disinfected 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 some things to keep in mind when it comes to maintaining, servicing, and replacing your water heater.
The usual lifespan of residential water heaters is between ten and twelve years.
Natural gas and electric water heaters will commonly last about a decade before you need to look into replacing the water heater. 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.
Older water heaters are nothing to take lightly. A water heater that is a decade or older is at higher risk of getting 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. Make sure you have your water heater maintenance yearly to keep any leaks from creating damage in your home.
The most typical malfunction of residential water heaters that will need replacement is a leaking tank.
It is a good idea to have your installer place the water heater in a drain pan with piping that enables the pan to drain outside your home and lower the possibility of water damage. Every water heater should have a working and obtainable 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 cut off should be placed close by.
If a water heater is “undersized,” especially a gas water heater, the equipment will malfunction in a shorter time span.
When a gas water heater is consistently drained of hot water due to substantial hot water usage, the gas burner discharges more frequently which can result in heavy condensation on the tank exterior. The condensation can cause more rapid 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 lifespan of the water heater.
Water Heater sizing is an essential 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 sizable 50 gallon tank, rather than a 30 or 40 gallon tank, as long as the location will accept the larger size. The 50 gallon tank will also give you more hot water capacity.