The water heater is probably the most underrated machine in your home. Think about it – without the water heater, you wouldn’t have any of these perks:
- Steamy showers
- Toasty baths
- Clean dishes
- Disinfected towels and sheets
- Hot water, period.
Given the power of the water heater, do you really know much about it? We’re here to provide a few things to keep in mind when it comes to replacing, maintaining, and servicing your water heater.
The average lifespan of residential water heaters is 10-12 years.
Natural gas and electric water heaters will commonly last about a decade before you need to look into replacing the appliance. If you are not sure how old 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.
Maturing water heaters are nothing to mess around with. A water heater that is 10 years or older is at more 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 first floor, the possibility of catastrophic damage goes up. Always 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 need replacement is a leaking tank.
It is best 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 decrease 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 placed nearby.
If a water heater is “undersized,” especially a gas water heater, the equipment will breakdown in a shorter period of time.
When a gas water heater is routinely depleted of hot water due to heavy hot water usage, the gas burner discharges more frequently which can produce heavy condensation on the tank exterior. The condensation can create more speedy deterioration of the steel tank. Furthermore, the severe 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 essential replacement issue.
All water heaters are under pressure from the water supply, and as water is heated, it extends creating even more pressure. When considering replacement of 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 accommodate the larger size. The 50 gallon tank will also supply you more hot water capacity.