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

November 17, 2016

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

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

Given the power of the water heater, do you really know enough about it? We’re here to provide a few things to remember when it comes to replacing, maintaining, and servicing 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 consider replacing the system. If you are not sure about the age of your water heater, the date the system was manufactured will be shown in the serial number which can be found on the label 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 greater risk of getting a leak and resulting in 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 damaging 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 plumbing expert install the water heater in a drain pan with piping that lets the pan to drain to the outside of your home and lower the possibility of water damage. Each water heater should have a functional 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 cut off should be located close by.

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

When a gas water heater is consistently emptied of hot water due to substantial hot water utilization, the gas burner is set off repeatedly which can result in heavy condensation on the exterior of the tank. The condensation can create more rapid decomposition of the steel tank. Additionally, the exceptional heat from the gas burner on the base of the water heater tank can also take its toll on the glass lining on the inner section of the tank, which reduces the lifespan of the water heater.

Water Heater sizing is an important replacement issue.

The water supply creates pressure for all water heaters, and as water is heated, it extends creating even more pressure. When considering replacement of 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 bigger tank will also supply you more hot water capacity.

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