Your hot water heater is probably the most underrated appliance in your home. Really – without your water heater, you don’t have any of these luxuries:
- Warm showers
- Toasty baths
- Clean dishes
- Disinfected towels and sheets
- Hot water, period.
Given the significance of the water heater, do you actually know a good amount about it? We’re here to provide some things to remember when it comes to maintaining, servicing, and replacing your water heater.
The usual lifespan of residential water heaters is between ten and twelve years.
Natural gas and electric water heaters will typically last about a decade before you need to consider replacing the water heater. If you are not sure what age your water heater is, the date the equipment was manufactured will be shown in the serial number which is located on the ID sticker on the water heater tank.
Aging water heaters are nothing to ignore. A water heater that is a decade or older is at higher risk of springing a leak and causing water damage to your home. If your water heater is positioned in your attic or above the first floor, the potential for catastrophic damage goes up. Be sure you have your water heater maintenance every year to keep any leaks from damaging your home.
The most usual breakdown of residential water heaters that will entail replacement is a leaking tank.
It is best to have your installer place the water heater in a drain pan with piping that enables the pan to drain to the outside of your home and minimize the possibility of water damage. All water heaters should have a operational and accessible 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 placed nearby.
If a water heater is “undersized,” in particular a gas water heater, the system will malfunction in a shorter period of time.
When a gas water heater is regularly emptied of hot water due to heavy hot water use, the gas burner fires repeatedly which can result in heavy condensation on the outside of the tank. The condensation can create more rapid breakdown of the steel tank. Furthermore, the exceptional heat from the gas burner on the bottom of the water heater tank can also deteriorate the glass lining on the inner section of the tank, which reduces the life cycle of the water heater.
Water Heater sizing is a significant replacement factor.
The water supply creates pressure for all water heaters, and as water is heated, it grows creating even more pressure. When contemplating replacing a water heater, it’s typically better to go with a sizable 50 gallon tank, rather than a 30 or 40 gallon tank, presuming the location will accept the larger size. The 50 gallon tank will also give you more hot water capacity.