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

Your water heater is probably the most underestimated machine in your home. Think about it – without your water heater, you couldn’t have any of the following: 

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

Given the power of the water heater, do you actually know a good amount about it? We’re here to give you a few things to think about when it comes to replacing, maintaining, and servicing your water heater. 

The usual 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 consider replacing the system. If you are not sure about the age of your water heater, the date the system was manufactured will be displayed in the serial number which you can find on the ID sticker on the water heater tank. 

Older water heaters are nothing to ignore. A water heater that is 10 years or older is at greater risk of producing 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 increases. Make sure you have your water heater maintenance annually to prevent any leaks from creating damage in your home. 

The most usual malfunction of residential water heaters that will require replacement is a leaking tank. 

It is a good idea to have your plumber install the water heater in a drain pan with piping that enables the pan to drain outside of your home and decrease the potential of water damage. Every water heater should have a working and reachable 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 shut off should be positioned 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 emptied of hot water due to substantial hot water usage, the gas burner fires repeatedly which can produce heavy condensation on the outside of the tank. The condensation can result in more expeditious breakdown of the steel tank. Also, 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 decreases the lifespan of the water heater. 

Water Heater sizing is a crucial 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 contemplating replacing a water heater, it’s typically better to go with a bigger 50 gallon tank, rather than a 30 or 40 gallon tank, as long as the location will fit the larger size. The larger tank will also provide you more hot water capacity. 

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