Your hot water heater is probably the most underappreciated system in your home. Seriously – without a water heater, you couldn’t have any of these perks:
- Warm showers
- Hot baths
- Clean dishes
- Sanitized towels and sheets
- Hot water, period.
Given the significance of the water heater, do you really know much about it? We’re here with a few things to keep in mind when it comes to maintaining, servicing, and replacing your water heater.
The average lifespan of residential water heaters is 10-12 years.
Natural gas and electric water heaters will typically 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 shown 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 in your attic or above the first floor, the potential for catastrophic damage rises. Be sure you have your water heater maintenance annually 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 a good idea to have your plumbing expert install the water heater in a drain pan with piping that allows 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 positioned within reach.
If a water heater is “undersized,” especially a gas water heater, the system will breakdown in a shorter period of time.
When a gas water heater is regularly emptied of hot water due to substantial hot water usage, the gas burner fires repeatedly which can create heavy condensation on the tank exterior. The condensation can produce more speedy breakdown of the steel tank. Additionally, the extreme heat from the gas burner on the underside of the water heater tank can also take its toll on the glass lining on the inside of the tank, which reduces the life cycle of the water heater.
Water Heater sizing is an essential 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 considering replacement of 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 fit the larger size. The larger tank will also supply you more hot water capacity.