Home Maintenance Tips: Know the Age of Your Water Heater

Posted on: January 5, 2016

There are some things that get better with age, but a water heater isn’t one of them. Depending on the manufacturer’s suggested service life, the lifespan of a water heater is about 8 to 12 years. Unfortunately, homeowners are often completely unaware of the need to maintain and replace this household appliance. We have had too many clients end up with a flood due to a cracked water heater, which is why we strongly recommend replacement of a water heater at about 8 years. If you wait longer, you’re essentially rolling the dice that your water heater will malfunction and flood your home.

Water Heater InstalledIn addition, Hatfield Builders & Remodelers encourages you to be proactive by performing regularly scheduled water heater maintenance to extend the life of your unit and save on energy consumption.

  • Drain the tank periodically. Sediment and mineral build-up can cause damage to a tank. By periodically draining the tank every 6 to 12 months, depending on manufacturer’s recommendations, you can clear out these materials that impede performance. Most manufacturers recommend doing this at least once per year.
  • Insulate the water heater. You may be able to save on your utility bills by insulating a water heater. If your water heater feels warm to the touch, it should be insulated. Simply add a pre-cut blanket or water heater jacket, available at your local hardware store, to reduce heat loss and water heating costs. Newer water heaters may not require insulation.
  • Get a professional inspection. Like many other home systems, it’s a good idea to schedule a professional inspection of your water heater once per year. A pro can drain the tank to remove sediment, if recommended; inspect the tank and connections for corrosion and wear; replace worn anode rods; check the pressure relief valve; and more.

 

New Requirements Mean Better Efficiency

Per the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act, all water heaters manufactured after April 16, 2015, must meet new energy requirements, so better efficiency will come standard with a new unit. Use this chart from the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors to determine the age of your water heater tank if you are unsure.

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