How old is my water heater?

As it turns out, I’m not the only one who responds with a blank expression and shrug of shoulders when the age of my water heater comes into question, in fact, a common reply to that question is “I don’t know, does it matter???”

Luckily, I’m married to the most knowledgeable and awesome plumber ever (No I’m not biased at all!) who knows all about water heaters, how to tell their age, and why it’s so important to keep track of your water heaters birthdays!

So without further ado, please check out Byron’s very helpful “Hide & Seek” informative blog to Finding the Age of Your Water Heater!

How old is my water heater???

This is a question that I get asked rather often because the age of your water heater helps indicate how much longer it will last. While there are exceptions to any rule, you can expect 10-12 years out of your old water heater, and maybe 15 years on long end.

Is it difficult to tell it’s age?

Telling the age of your water heater is not usually that difficult. The age will be embedded into the serial number on the label. Usually the first four numbers will tell the month and year it was made. Sometimes it will be letters that are used instead of numbers and those letters correspond to the month and year the water heater was manufactured.

How can I learn more about my water heater?

It is hard to remember which water heater does what, so when I’m checking the age of a water heater that I’m unsure how to decode, I check the website linked below…

http://building-center.org/water-heater-table-of-contents-age-manufacture-date-serial-number/

That website has helped me find the age of every water heater I was not familiar with, and I have never come across one that was not in there. However…

If you’re water heater is extra mysterious and you can’t figure out it’s age or have questions about it’s condition, the plumber can always help you out with that!

Hopefully this edition of Hide & Seek has been helpful to you!

As always, don’t hesitate to give us a call or text at 941-504-3578! Whether it’s a last minute emergency, or something you want to schedule to be done later in the year, we’ll be more than happy to help you with any plumbing problems you may have!

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