Your water heater operates behind the scenes, delivering comforting warm showers, sanitizing dishes, and fresh laundry. Like any other household appliance, water heaters have a finite lifespan, which is anywhere from eight to twelve years. So, while keeping track of another date might seem daunting, knowing your water heater’s age is essential for effective maintenance, potential repairs, and future replacements. Avoid unexpected surprises by following these steps outlined by your experts at Loveland Plumbing & Drain

Examining Installation Records: 

If you still have the records detailing your water heater’s installation date, try looking over them to find out its age. The installation date serves as a reliable indicator of the water heater’s age.  

Finding the Serial Number: 

Most water heaters feature a manufacturer’s label or serial number containing crucial information, including the production date. Usually, the serial number has a combination of alphanumeric characters. Keep in mind, manufacturers frequently encode the manufacturing date within this serial number, albeit the format may vary. 

To unveil your water heater’s age using the manufacturer’s label: 

  • Locate the serial number on your water heater. 
  • Consult the user manual for guidance if needed. 
  • Some manufacturers employ a simple coding system where the initial four digits signify the production year and week (e.g., YYWW). 

Harnessing Online Resources and Databases: 

Numerous online databases and resources are available to assist you in determining your water heater’s age based on its manufacturer and serial number. To utilize these resources: 

  1. Note down your water heater’s brand and serial number. 
  2. Utilize a trustworthy online search engine. 
  3. Enter the brand, serial number, and the term “manufacture date” into your chosen search engine. 

This approach should yield multiple websites offering step-by-step instructions to decode your water heater’s manufacture date using the serial number provided. At this point, you should now have your water heater’s age. 

Scheduling an Inspection: 

If you are still encountering difficulties in uncovering your water heater’s age, no worries! Loveland Plumbing & Drain is at your service. During your routine seasonal inspection, our certified plumbers are more than willing to assist you in this endeavor. 

Call Loveland Plumbing & Drain today at (513) 644-0556, or schedule an appointment now by clicking here