The water heater is probably the most underappreciated appliance in your home. Really – without your water heater, you don’t have any of these perks:
- Steamy showers
- Hot baths
- Disinfected dishes
- Sanitized towels and sheets
- Hot water, period.
Given the significance of the water heater, do you truly know much about it? We’re here with a few things to think about when it comes to servicing, maintaining, and replacing your water heater.
The typical lifespan of residential water heaters is about ten to twelve years.
Natural gas and electric water heaters will commonly last about a decade before you need to consider replacing the appliance. 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 ID sticker on the water heater tank.
Aging water heaters are nothing to ignore. A water heater that is ten years or older is at greater 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 increases. Be sure you have your water heater maintenance every year to avoid any leaks from causing damage to your home.
The most typical failure of residential water heaters that will entail replacement is a leaking tank.
It is best to have your plumbing expert install the water heater in a drain pan with piping that allows the pan to drain outside of your home and decrease the probability of water damage. All water heaters should have a functional 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 shut off should be placed close by.
If a water heater is “undersized,” particularly a gas water heater, the equipment will breakdown in a shorter period of time.
When a gas water heater is consistently emptied of hot water due to significant hot water utilization, the gas burner discharges more frequently which can create heavy condensation on the outside of the tank. The condensation can cause more speedy breakdown of the steel tank. Furthermore, the exceptional heat from the gas burner on the base of the water heater tank can also cause damage to the glass lining on the inside of the tank, which reduces the lifespan of the water heater.
Water Heater sizing is an important replacement consideration.
The water supply cause all water heaters to be under pressure, and as water is heated, it grows creating even more pressure. When contemplating replacing a water heater, it’s generally 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 bigger tank will also supply you more hot water capacity.