Things to Keep in Mind When It Comes to Your Water Heater Published on November 17, 2016 Your water heater is probably the most underestimated system in your home. Think about it – without your water heater, you couldn’t have any of these perks:Steamy showersHot bathsClean dishesSanitized towels and sheetsHot water, period.Given the importance of the water heater, do you actually know a good amount about it? We’re here to give you some things to remember 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 typically last about a decade before you need to consider replacing the system. If you are unsure how old your water heater is, the date the system was manufactured will be reflected in the serial number which you can find on the label on the water heater tank. Maturing water heaters are nothing to take lightly. A water heater that is a decade or older is at more risk of getting a leak and leading to water damage to your home. If your water heater is in your attic or above the bottom floor, the chance of catastrophic damage goes up. Always have your water heater maintenance yearly to prevent any leaks from causing damage to your home. The most typical failure of residential water heaters that will require 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 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 cut off should be located close by. If a water heater is “undersized,” especially a gas water heater, the system will malfunction in a shorter period of time. When a gas water heater is routinely drained of hot water due to heavy hot water utilization, the gas burner fires more often which can produce heavy condensation on the outside of the tank. The condensation can create more speedy deterioration of the steel tank. Also, the severe heat from the gas burner on the base of the water heater tank can also deteriorate the glass lining on the inner section of the tank, which reduces the lifespan of the water heater. Water Heater sizing is a significant replacement consideration. All water heaters are under pressure from the water supply, and as water is heated, it grows creating even more pressure. When considering replacement of a water heater, it’s generally better to go with a larger 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 provide you more hot water capacity.