The water heater is probably the most underrated system in your home. Seriously – without the water heater, you wouldn’t have any of these luxuries:
- Steamy showers
- Warm baths
- Clean dishes
- Clean towels and sheets
- Hot water, period.
Given the significance of the water heater, do you really know enough about it? We’re here with a couple things to keep in mind when it comes to servicing, maintaining, and replacing your water heater.
The average lifespan of residential water heaters is about ten to twelve years.
Natural gas and electric water heaters will usually last about a decade before you need to look into replacing the appliance. If you are unsure about the age of your water heater, the date the system was manufactured will be shown in the serial number which is located on the label on the water heater tank.
Aging water heaters are nothing to take lightly. A water heater that is ten years or older is at more risk of getting a leak and causing water damage to your home. If your water heater is in your attic or above the bottom floor, the possibility of catastrophic damage increases. Always have your water heater maintenance yearly to avoid any leaks from creating damage in your home.
The most usual failure of residential water heaters that will entail replacement is a leaking tank.
It is a good idea to have your plumbing expert 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. All water heaters should have a operational and reachable 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 switch off should be placed nearby.
If a water heater is “undersized,” in particular a gas water heater, the equipment will breakdown in a shorter amount of time.
When a gas water heater is routinely drained of hot water due to heavy hot water usage, the gas burner discharges repeatedly which can result in heavy condensation on the tank exterior. The condensation can cause more speedy deterioration of the steel tank. Furthermore, the extreme heat from the gas burner on the bottom of the water heater tank can also cause damage to the glass lining on the inside of the tank, which lowers the life expectancy of the water heater.
Water Heater sizing is a crucial replacement issue.
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 typically better to go with a bigger 50 gallon tank, rather than a 30 or 40 gallon tank, as long as the location will accommodate the larger size. The bigger tank will also provide you more hot water capacity.