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

Your hot water heater is probably the most underappreciated system in your home. Really – without the water heater, you don’t have any of the following: 

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

Given the importance of the water heater, do you really know much about it? We’re here with a few things to think about when it comes to maintaining, servicing, and replacing your water heater. 

The average 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 how old your water heater is, the date the equipment was manufactured will be displayed in the serial number which you can find on the identification tag on the water heater tank. 

Aging water heaters are nothing to take lightly. A water heater that is a decade or older is at greater risk of springing 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 chance of catastrophic damage goes up. Be sure you have your water heater maintenance every year to avoid any leaks from causing damage to your home. 

The most typical breakdown of residential water heaters that will entail replacement is a leaking tank. 

It is best to have your plumber install the water heater in a drain pan with piping that allows the pan to drain to the outside of your home and decrease the possibility of water damage. Each water heater should have a operational and obtainable cut-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 positioned within reach. 

If a water heater is “undersized,” particularly a gas water heater, the equipment will fail in a shorter time span. 

When a gas water heater is regularly emptied of hot water due to substantial hot water utilization, the gas burner discharges repeatedly which can create heavy condensation on the tank exterior. The condensation can create more rapid decomposition of the steel tank. Furthermore, the severe heat from the gas burner on the bottom of the water heater tank can also take its toll on the glass lining on the inside of the tank, which lowers the life cycle of the water heater. 

Water Heater sizing is an essential replacement consideration. 

The water supply cause all water heaters to be under pressure, and as water is heated, it extends creating even more pressure. When contemplating replacing a water heater, it’s usually 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 provide you more hot water capacity. 

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