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. Think about it – without your water heater, you wouldn’t have any of the following:

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

Given the importance of the water heater, do you actually know enough about it? We’re here with a couple things to think about 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 usually last about a decade before you need to think about replacing the system. If you are unsure what age your water heater is, the date the system was manufactured will be displayed in the serial number which is located on the ID sticker on the water heater tank.

Aging water heaters are nothing to mess around with. A water heater that is 10 years or older is at higher risk of springing a leak and leading to water damage to your home. If your water heater is in your attic or above the ground floor, the possibility of catastrophic damage rises. 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 require replacement is a leaking tank.

It is highly recommended to have your installer place the water heater in a drain pan with piping that lets the pan to drain outside your home and decrease the probability 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 shut off should be positioned close by.

If a water heater is “undersized,” especially a gas water heater, the tank will malfunction in a shorter time span.

When a gas water heater is consistently depleted of hot water due to heavy hot water usage, the gas burner fires more often which can result in heavy condensation on the tank exterior. The condensation can result in more speedy deterioration of the steel tank. Also, the extreme heat from the gas burner on the underside of the water heater tank can also deteriorate 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 issue.

All water heaters are under pressure from the water supply, and as water is heated, it extends 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, presuming the location will fit the larger size. The 50 gallon tank will also give you more hot water capacity.

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