There are many reasons to replace your Atlanta water heater. It may be working poorly or not at all, it may be making noises, it may have some pervasive problem that makes it unsafe or it may just be too old. The problem with that last criterion is that it can sometimes be difficult to determine the age of a water heater.
If you bought a home with a water heater already in it, for example, or if you bought your water heater used or just forgot when you purchased a new water heater, you may have no idea how old the unit is. Fortunately, there are ways to determine how long a water heater has been in operation, so you can have some idea whether it is time to replace it. It’s not necessarily as straightforward as cutting down a tree and counting the rings, but it’s still pretty easy.
Almost all manufacturers of modern water heaters attach a tag or sticker to the water heater that includes data about that unit, including the month and date of manufacture. Locate that tag or sticker on your water heater, and you can learn its age. Check your owner’s manual for help locating the data tag.
While some manufacturers make this tag simple and straightforward to read, sometimes the data is encoded in such a way that it takes a bit of translation to accurately decipher the manufacture date. For example, some manufacturers encode it in a four-digit MMYY format, so “0692” means the water heater was made in June of 1992. The exact code may vary, so refer to how your particular model’s info is encoded.
One important thing to note is that this won’t tell you when the water heater was installed or how long it has been in operation, or how many hours it’s been in use, but it still gives you an accurate picture of its age.
It is also possible that your water heater won’t have one of these tags on it. If that is the case, you should probably go ahead and replace it, because that probably means that it is too old to still be in operation. To have a professional examine your Atlanta water heater, give Premier Indoor Comfort Systems a call today!