Your hot water heater is probably the most underappreciated appliance in your home. Really – without the water heater, you don’t have any of these luxuries:
- Hot showers
- Warm baths
- Disinfected dishes
- Disinfected towels and sheets
- Hot water, period.
Given the significance of the water heater, do you truly know enough about it? We’re here with some things to think about when it comes to servicing, maintaining, 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 look into replacing the system. If you are not sure about the age of your water heater, the date the system was manufactured will be reflected in the serial number which is located on the identification tag on the water heater tank.
Maturing water heaters are nothing to mess around with. A water heater that is a decade or older is at more risk of springing a leak and resulting in water damage to your home. If your water heater sits in your attic or above the bottom floor, the chance of catastrophic damage goes up. Be sure you have your water heater maintenance every year to prevent any leaks from creating damage in your home.
The most typical breakdown of residential water heaters that will require replacement is a leaking tank.
It is a good idea to have your installer place the water heater in a drain pan with piping that allows the pan to drain outside your home and lower the potential of water damage. All water heaters should have a working 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 placed close by.
If a water heater is “undersized,” in particular a gas water heater, the system will fail in a shorter time span.
When a gas water heater is consistently emptied of hot water due to significant hot water utilization, the gas burner is set off more often which can produce heavy condensation on the exterior of the tank. The condensation can result in more speedy deterioration of the steel tank. Also, the exceptional heat from the gas burner on the underside of the water heater tank can also deteriorate the glass lining on the inner section of the tank, which lowers the life cycle of the water heater.
Water Heater sizing is a crucial 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 typically 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 bigger tank will also provide you more hot water capacity.