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:
- Steamy showers
- Warm baths
- Sanitized dishes
- Sanitized towels and sheets
- Hot water, period.
Given the power of the water heater, do you actually know enough about it? We’re here to provide a few things to keep in mind when it comes to maintaining, servicing, and replacing your water heater.
The typical lifespan of residential water heaters is between ten and twelve years.
Natural gas and electric water heaters will typically last about a decade before you need to think about replacing the appliance. If you are unsure about the age of your water heater, the date the equipment was manufactured will be shown in the serial number which can be found 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 higher risk of springing a leak and resulting in water damage to your home. If your water heater is in your attic or above the first floor, the chance of catastrophic damage increases. Always have your water heater maintenance yearly to prevent any leaks from creating damage in your home.
The most typical failure of residential water heaters that will entail replacement is a leaking tank.
It is best to have your plumber install the water heater in a drain pan with piping that lets the pan to drain to the outside of your home and decrease the possibility of water damage. Every water heater should have a working and obtainable 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 located nearby.
If a water heater is “undersized,” particularly a gas water heater, the tank will breakdown in a shorter period of time.
When a gas water heater is routinely emptied of hot water due to substantial hot water utilization, the gas burner fires more often which can result in heavy condensation on the tank exterior. The condensation can create more speedy deterioration of the steel tank. Furthermore, 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 inner section of the tank, which lowers the lifespan of the water heater.
Water Heater sizing is an essential replacement factor.
All water heaters are under pressure from the water supply, and as water is heated, it grows creating even more pressure. When contemplating replacing a water heater, it’s typically better to go with a larger 50 gallon tank, rather than a 30 or 40 gallon tank, providing the location will accommodate the larger size. The 50 gallon tank will also supply you more hot water capacity.