How to Know Your Water Heater Needs to Retire
Sunday afternoons are peak usage times in your household for water, and thusly the time when your water heater is worked the hardest. Dad is in the kitchen, making one of his weekly, highly involved, made from scratch dinners; Mom has just started the fourth load of laundry for the day; the brothers have teamed up in the basement to give the dogs their weekly bath.
One average, a United States family of four people will use around 400 gallons of water per day. Life will not stop for a broken down water heater, and you should not have to either. Watch out for these things to replace your heater before it’s too late.
You do not need to have a professional plumbing company from plumbing services to come out to diagnose this one. All of the above issues usually point to an obsolete water heater, but knowing the approximate age of your heater before any issues even arise can help you prepare for the time to replace it before it arrives. Most heaters have a life expectancy of around eight to ten years. Even if there are no apparent symptoms of failure in the heater after a decade of use, it is still wise to replace the heater at this time. It should be noted that gas water heaters are known to quit a couple years sooner than others, with an average life span of six to eight years. If you do not know when the water heater in your home was installed, it is usually the first two numbers in the serial number of the heater, following one alphabetical character. When in doubt, contact a plumbing services professional to help you.