The water heater is probably the most underappreciated appliance in your home. Really – without your water heater, you couldn’t have any of the following:
- Steamy showers
- Toasty baths
- Clean dishes
- Sanitized 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 provide a few things to think about when it comes to replacing, maintaining, and servicing your water heater.
The average lifespan of residential water heaters is between ten and twelve years.
Natural gas and electric water heaters will usually last about a decade before you need to think about replacing the water heater. If you are not sure about the age of your water heater, the date the unit was manufactured will be reflected in the serial number which can be found on the identification tag on the water heater tank.
Maturing 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 resulting in water damage to your home. If your water heater sits in your attic or above the ground floor, the potential for catastrophic damage goes up. Be sure you have your water heater maintenance yearly to avoid any leaks from causing damage to your home.
The most typical malfunction of residential water heaters that will require 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 enables the pan to drain to the outside of your home and decrease 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 located close by.
If a water heater is “undersized,” in particular a gas water heater, the system will fail in a shorter time span.
When a gas water heater is consistently depleted of hot water due to significant hot water usage, the gas burner discharges repeatedly which can create heavy condensation on the tank exterior. 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 deteriorate the glass lining on the inside of the tank, which reduces the life cycle of the water heater.
Water Heater sizing is a significant replacement consideration.
The water supply cause all water heaters to be under pressure, and as water is heated, it expands creating even more pressure. When considering replacement of a water heater, it’s generally better to go with a bigger 50 gallon tank, rather than a 30 or 40 gallon tank, presuming the location will accommodate the larger size. The bigger tank will also supply you more hot water capacity.