Things to Keep in Mind When It Comes to Your Water Heater Published on November 17, 2016 Your water heater is probably the most underrated machine in your home. Think about it – without a water heater, you don’t have any of the following:Hot showersHot bathsClean dishesClean towels and sheetsHot water, period.Given the significance of the water heater, do you actually know much about it? We’re here to provide a few things to think about when it comes to servicing, maintaining, and replacing your water heater. The usual lifespan of residential water heaters is about ten to twelve years. Natural gas and electric water heaters will commonly last about a decade before you need to look into replacing the appliance. If you are not sure how old your water heater is, the date the system was manufactured will be displayed in the serial number which you can find on the ID sticker on the water heater tank. Older water heaters are nothing to take lightly. A water heater that is a decade or older is at greater risk of springing 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 possibility of catastrophic damage increases. Be sure you have your water heater maintenance yearly to avoid 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 a good idea to have your plumbing expert 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 probability of water damage. All water heaters should have a operational and reachable 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 positioned within reach. If a water heater is “undersized,” particularly a gas water heater, the system will breakdown in a shorter period of time. When a gas water heater is regularly depleted of hot water due to substantial hot water utilization, the gas burner discharges repeatedly which can produce heavy condensation on the tank exterior. The condensation can cause more rapid deterioration of the steel tank. Also, the extreme heat from the gas burner on the base of the water heater tank can also deteriorate the glass lining on the inside of the tank, which reduces the lifespan of the water heater. Water Heater sizing is a significant replacement issue. The water supply cause all water heaters to be under pressure, and as water is heated, it extends creating even more pressure. When thinking about 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 accommodate the larger size. The bigger tank will also supply you more hot water capacity.