Your hot water heater is probably the most underappreciated appliance in your home. Really – without your water heater, you don’t have any of these luxuries:
- Steamy showers
- Hot baths
- Clean dishes
- Sanitized towels and sheets
- Hot water, period.
Given the significance of the water heater, do you actually know much about it? We’re here with a couple things to remember when it comes to maintaining, servicing, and replacing your water heater.
The usual lifespan of residential water heaters is 10-12 years.
Natural gas and electric water heaters will typically last about a decade before you need to look into replacing the appliance. If you aren’t sure what age your water heater is, the date the equipment was manufactured will be shown in the serial number which can be found on the ID sticker on the water heater tank.
Maturing water heaters are nothing to ignore. A water heater that is 10 years or older is at more risk of getting a leak and leading to water damage to your home. If your water heater is in your attic or above the ground floor, the chance of catastrophic damage goes up. Make sure you have your water heater maintenance every year to prevent any leaks from damaging your home.
The most usual malfunction of residential water heaters that will require 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 lower the potential of water damage. Every water heater should have a operational and obtainable 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 disconnect should be located within reach.
If a water heater is “undersized,” particularly a gas water heater, the equipment will breakdown in a shorter time span.
When a gas water heater is regularly drained of hot water due to heavy hot water use, the gas burner fires repeatedly which can result in heavy condensation on the exterior of the tank. The condensation can produce more speedy deterioration of the steel tank. Also, the exceptional heat from the gas burner on the bottom of the water heater tank can also take its toll on the glass lining on the interior of the tank, which decreases the lifespan of the water heater.
Water Heater sizing is a crucial replacement consideration.
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 bigger 50 gallon tank, rather than a 30 or 40 gallon tank, presuming the location will fit the larger size. The larger tank will also provide you more hot water capacity.