The water heater is probably the most underrated appliance in your home. Seriously – without a water heater, you couldn’t have any of the following:
- Hot showers
- Hot baths
- Sanitized dishes
- Clean towels and sheets
- Hot water, period.
Given the significance of the water heater, do you actually know much about it? We’re here with some things to remember when it comes to servicing, maintaining, and replacing your water heater.
The usual 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 look into replacing the appliance. If you aren’t sure what age your water heater is, the date the equipment was manufactured will be displayed in the serial number which is located on the identification tag on the water heater tank.
Aging water heaters are nothing to ignore. A water heater that is 10 years or older is at higher risk of springing a leak and leading to water damage to your home. If your water heater is positioned in your attic or above the ground floor, the chance of catastrophic damage increases. Always have your water heater maintenance every year to keep any leaks from causing damage to your home.
The most usual failure of residential water heaters that will need replacement is a leaking tank.
It is best 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 lower the possibility of water damage. All water heaters should have a operational and reachable 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 cut off should be placed nearby.
If a water heater is “undersized,” particularly a gas water heater, the tank will malfunction in a shorter time span.
When a gas water heater is regularly drained of hot water due to heavy hot water use, the gas burner fires more frequently which can create heavy condensation on the outside of the tank. The condensation can create more rapid breakdown of the steel tank. Additionally, the severe heat from the gas burner on the underside 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 a crucial replacement consideration.
The water supply creates pressure for all water heaters, and as water is heated, it extends creating even more pressure. When thinking about replacing a water heater, it’s generally 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 larger tank will also give you more hot water capacity.