Your water heater is probably the most underappreciated appliance in your home. Think about it – without your water heater, you couldn’t have any of these perks:
- Steamy showers
- Toasty baths
- Clean dishes
- Disinfected towels and sheets
- Hot water, period.
Given the power of the water heater, do you really know much 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 between ten and twelve years.
Natural gas and electric water heaters will usually last about a decade before you need to consider replacing the appliance. If you are unsure how old your water heater is, the date the equipment 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 ten years or older is at greater risk of producing a leak and resulting in water damage to your home. If your water heater is positioned in your attic or above the bottom floor, the potential for catastrophic damage rises. Always have your water heater maintenance annually to avoid any leaks from causing damage to your home.
The most usual breakdown of residential water heaters that will entail replacement is a leaking tank.
It is best to have your installer place the water heater in a drain pan with piping that lets the pan to drain outside your home and lower the potential of water damage. All water heaters should have a functional and accessible 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,” especially a gas water heater, the tank will breakdown in a shorter period of time.
When a gas water heater is regularly emptied of hot water due to significant hot water use, the gas burner fires repeatedly which can result in heavy condensation on the outside of the tank. The condensation can create more speedy decomposition of the steel tank. Additionally, the extreme heat from the gas burner on the bottom of the water heater tank can also deteriorate the glass lining on the interior of the tank, which lowers the life cycle of the water heater.
Water Heater sizing is a crucial replacement issue.
The water supply cause all water heaters to be under pressure, and as water is heated, it expands 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, presuming the location will accept the larger size. The 50 gallon tank will also give you more hot water capacity.