The water heater is probably the most underrated machine in your home. Think about it – without your water heater, you don’t have any of the following:
- Hot showers
- Toasty baths
- Sanitized dishes
- Disinfected towels and sheets
- Hot water, period.
Given the significance of the water heater, do you truly know a good amount about it? We’re here to give you a couple things to think about when it comes to maintaining, servicing, and replacing your water heater.
The typical 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 consider replacing the system. If you are unsure what age your water heater is, the date the equipment was manufactured will be shown in the serial number which you can find on the identification tag on the water heater tank.
Aging water heaters are nothing to mess around with. A water heater that is ten years or older is at higher risk of producing a leak and leading to water damage to your home. If your water heater is positioned in your attic or above the ground floor, the possibility of catastrophic damage rises. Make sure you have your water heater maintenance annually to avoid any leaks from causing damage to your home.
The most usual failure of residential water heaters that will need replacement is a leaking tank.
It is a good idea to have your plumbing expert install the water heater in a drain pan with piping that lets the pan to drain outside of your home and lower the probability of water damage. Each water heater should have a working and reachable 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 switch off should be placed nearby.
If a water heater is “undersized,” in particular a gas water heater, the tank will breakdown in a shorter amount of time.
When a gas water heater is consistently emptied of hot water due to substantial hot water usage, the gas burner discharges more often which can create heavy condensation on the exterior of the tank. The condensation can produce more speedy breakdown of the steel tank. Additionally, the exceptional 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 lowers the lifespan of the water heater.
Water Heater sizing is a crucial replacement issue.
The water supply creates pressure for all water heaters, and as water is heated, it expands creating even more pressure. When thinking about replacing a water heater, it’s generally better to go with a sizable 50 gallon tank, rather than a 30 or 40 gallon tank, providing the location will accept the larger size. The bigger tank will also give you more hot water capacity.