Your hot water heater is probably the most underappreciated system in your home. Think about it – without the water heater, you don’t have any of these perks:
- Hot showers
- Toasty baths
- Disinfected dishes
- Clean towels and sheets
- Hot water, period.
Given the significance of the water heater, do you truly know a good amount about it? We’re here to give you some things to keep in mind 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 usually last about a decade before you need to look into replacing the system. If you are not sure what age your water heater is, the date the system was manufactured will be reflected in the serial number which can be found on the label on the water heater tank.
Maturing water heaters are nothing to take lightly. A water heater that is 10 years or older is at higher risk of getting a leak and causing water damage to your home. If your water heater is positioned in your attic or above the first floor, the possibility of catastrophic damage increases. Always have your water heater maintenance every year to prevent any leaks from causing damage to your home.
The most usual failure of residential water heaters that will require 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 enables the pan to drain outside your home and minimize the possibility of water damage. Each water heater should have a operational and obtainable 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 nearby.
If a water heater is “undersized,” especially a gas water heater, the equipment will malfunction in a shorter amount of time.
When a gas water heater is consistently emptied of hot water due to substantial hot water usage, the gas burner is set off repeatedly which can create heavy condensation on the outside of the tank. The condensation can create more speedy decomposition of the steel tank. Also, 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 inner section of the tank, which lowers the lifespan of the water heater.
Water Heater sizing is a crucial replacement factor.
The water supply creates pressure for all water heaters, and as water is heated, it expands creating even more pressure. When thinking about replacing a water heater, it’s typically better to go with a larger 50 gallon tank, rather than a 30 or 40 gallon tank, as long as the location will fit the larger size. The bigger tank will also provide you more hot water capacity.