Things to Keep in Mind When It Comes to Your Water Heater

November 17, 2016

Your water heater is probably the most underappreciated machine in your home. Really – without your water heater, you couldn’t have any of these perks:

  • Warm showers
  • Toasty baths
  • Clean dishes
  • Sanitized towels and sheets
  • Hot water, period.

Given the significance of the water heater, do you truly know enough about it? We’re here with a few things to keep in mind when it comes to replacing, maintaining, and servicing your water heater.

The usual lifespan of residential water heaters is about ten to twelve years.

Natural gas and electric water heaters will typically last about a decade before you need to consider replacing the system. If you aren’t sure what age your water heater is, the date the system 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 take lightly. A water heater that is ten years or older is at greater risk of springing a leak and resulting in water damage to your home. If your water heater is in your attic or above the ground floor, the chance of catastrophic damage rises. Always have your water heater maintenance annually to keep any leaks from causing damage to your home.

The most common failure of residential water heaters that will entail replacement is a leaking tank.

It is highly recommended 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. Each 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 disconnect should be positioned close by.

If a water heater is “undersized,” especially a gas water heater, the equipment will fail in a shorter period of time.

When a gas water heater is routinely drained of hot water due to significant hot water utilization, the gas burner fires repeatedly which can create heavy condensation on the outside of the tank. The condensation can produce more speedy breakdown of the steel tank. Furthermore, the exceptional 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 reduces the life expectancy 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 grows creating even more pressure. When contemplating replacing a water heater, it’s typically 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.

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