Things to Keep in Mind When It Comes to Your Water Heater
Your hot water heater is probably the most underestimated machine in your home. Seriously – without a water heater, you wouldn’t have any of these perks:
- Steamy showers
- Toasty baths
- Disinfected dishes
- Disinfected towels and sheets
- Hot water, period.
Given the importance of the water heater, do you actually know a good amount about it? We’re here to provide a few things to keep in mind when it comes to servicing, maintaining, and replacing your water heater.
The average 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 think about replacing the appliance. If you aren’t sure about the age of your water heater, the date the unit was manufactured will be shown in the serial number which can be found on the identification tag on the water heater tank.
Maturing water heaters are nothing to take lightly. A water heater that is 10 years or older is at more risk of producing a leak and resulting in water damage to your home. If your water heater sits in your attic or above the first floor, the potential for catastrophic damage goes up. Always have your water heater maintenance annually to keep 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 plumber install the water heater in a drain pan with piping that enables the pan to drain outside of your home and minimize the probability of water damage. Every water heater should have a functional and obtainable turn-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 positioned close by.
If a water heater is “undersized,” in particular a gas water heater, the equipment will fail in a shorter time span.
When a gas water heater is consistently depleted of hot water due to significant hot water use, the gas burner is set off more frequently which can result in heavy condensation on the exterior of the tank. The condensation can create more rapid breakdown of the steel tank. Also, the extreme heat from the gas burner on the bottom of the water heater tank can also cause damage to the glass lining on the interior of the tank, which reduces the life expectancy of the water heater.
Water Heater sizing is an essential replacement consideration.
The water supply creates pressure for all water heaters, and as water is heated, it expands creating even more pressure. When considering replacement of a water heater, it’s generally better to go with a sizable 50 gallon tank, rather than a 30 or 40 gallon tank, presuming the location will fit the larger size. The 50 gallon tank will also provide you more hot water capacity.
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