The water heater is probably the most underestimated system in your home. Seriously – without the water heater, you couldn’t have any of the following:
- Hot showers
- Warm baths
- Clean dishes
- Sanitized 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 give you a few things to think about when it comes to servicing, maintaining, 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 commonly last about a decade before you need to think about replacing the water heater. 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 can be found on the label on the water heater tank.
Aging water heaters are nothing to mess around with. A water heater that is 10 years or older is at higher risk of getting a leak and leading to water damage to your home. If your water heater sits in your attic or above the first floor, the possibility of catastrophic damage increases. Be sure you have your water heater maintenance annually to keep any leaks from creating damage in your home.
The most usual breakdown of residential water heaters that will entail replacement is a leaking tank.
It is highly recommended 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 minimize the probability 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 disconnect should be located nearby.
If a water heater is “undersized,” particularly a gas water heater, the system will fail in a shorter amount of time.
When a gas water heater is consistently emptied of hot water due to significant hot water use, the gas burner discharges repeatedly which can produce heavy condensation on the exterior of the tank. The condensation can produce more expeditious breakdown of the steel tank. Additionally, 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 interior of the tank, which reduces the lifespan of the water heater.
Water Heater sizing is a significant 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 thinking about replacing a water heater, it’s usually better to go with a sizable 50 gallon tank, rather than a 30 or 40 gallon tank, as long as the location will accommodate the larger size. The larger tank will also give you more hot water capacity.