If remembering specific dates isn’t your strong suit, you’re not alone! As a homeowner, keeping track of everything can be overwhelming. However, knowing your water heater’s age is crucial, especially when it comes to planning for its replacement. Therefore, we believe it’s important to keep track of your unit’s manufacture date. This is because if your water heater has been around for a considerable time, it might be nearing the end of its life. So, being aware of your water heater’s age could lead to an unpleasant surprise when it decides to suddenly retire, leaving you with no choice but to get a replacement. Being blindsided is never fun, so if you know and expect what’s to come beforehand, it can lessen the blow and help you prepare accordingly.
To find out how old your water heater is, follow these steps from Gahanna Plumbing & Drain:
DO YOU KNOW HOW LONG WATER HEATERS LAST?
A well-maintained gas water heater typically lasts 8-12 years, while a well-maintained electric water heater can have a life expectancy of 10-15 years. The actual service life depends on the care and maintenance the unit has received over the years.
DO YOU KNOW HOW TO TELL HOW OLD YOUR WATER HEATER IS?
Locating the manufacture date is key to knowing your water heater’s age. Although most models don’t clearly label the manufacture date on the unit, it is usually coded within the serial number. Follow these steps to find it:
Step One – Find the Serial Number by:
- Checking the product label on the water heater for the serial number.
- Consulting the user manual for information on where to find the serial number.
- Visiting the manufacturer’s website and looking for guidance on locating it.
Step Two – Decode the Serial Number:
- Once you have found the serial number, you must decode it to find the manufacture date. Different manufacturers have varying formats but keep in mind that most embed the date of manufacture date within the serial number.
- You can check the manufacturer’s website for a decoding tool or search online. Do this by typing your water heater’s brand, serial number, and the words “manufacture date” in your preferred online search engine. Various websites should populate, providing thorough instructions on decoding the manufacture date specific to your model.
DO YOU NEED A NEW WATER HEATER?
Now that you have gone through the process of finding out how old your water heater is, congratulations! If you suspect it’s time for a replacement, there are several factors to consider. Let us help you with this decision. We can answer any questions you have and discuss financing options with you. Don’t wait any longer—give us a call today!
Call Gahanna Plumbing & Drain today at (614) 245-2256, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!