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

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

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

Given the power 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 average 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 look into replacing the system. If you are not sure what age your water heater is, the date the equipment was manufactured will be shown in the serial number which is located on the label on the water heater tank. 

Older water heaters are nothing to mess around with. A water heater that is ten years or older is at more risk of producing 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 rises. Be sure you have your water heater maintenance every year to avoid any leaks from damaging your home. 

The most typical malfunction 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 potential of water damage. Each water heater should have a functional 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 close by. 

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

When a gas water heater is consistently drained of hot water due to heavy hot water utilization, the gas burner is set off repeatedly which can result in heavy condensation on the outside of the tank. The condensation can create more expeditious deterioration of the steel tank. Also, 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 a significant 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 larger 50 gallon tank, rather than a 30 or 40 gallon tank, as long as the location will accept the larger size. The larger tank will also supply you more hot water capacity. 

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