Your dependable water heater operates silently in the background, ensuring you enjoy warm showers, sanitized dishes, and fresh laundry. Like all appliances, water heaters have a finite lifespan, typically ranging from eight to twelve years. Therefore, it’s highly advisable to maintain awareness of your water heater’s age. Although adding another date to remember might not be your favorite thing to do along with everything else that is on your running list of things to remember, knowing the age of your water heater can prove invaluable for maintenance, potential repairs, or future replacement. To avoid surprises, follow the step-by-step guidance provided by the experts at Pickerington Plumbing & Drain

Retrieve Installation Date from Records: 

If you possess records detailing your water heater’s installation, determining its age will be a simple and straightforward process for you. Find the installation date, and you’ll have your answer. If not, no worries. Simply continue to the next steps below. 

Locate the Serial Number: 

Most water heaters feature a product label with the serial number on it. This serial number typically consists of a combination of letters and numbers. Manufacturers often encode the manufacturing date within this serial number, though the format may vary. Therefore, finding the serial number first will get you one step closer to finding the information you need. 

Find the serial number by: 

  • Identifying the serial number on the product label located on your water heater. 
  • Consulting the user manual for instructions. 
  • Checking the manufacturer’s website for instructions on how to locate it. 

Keep in mind, some manufacturers use a simple code in which the initial four digits signify the year and week of production (e.g., YYWW). 

Utilize Your Online Resources: 

Numerous online resources and databases are available to help you determine your water heater’s age based on the serial number. Once you have the serial number, just input your water heater’s brand and serial number into your preferred online search engine and, add the phrase “manufacture date” to the end of it, then click search. Following these steps should lead you to several websites that offer specific instructions for decoding your water heater’s manufacture date using its serial number.  

At this point, you should now have the manufacture date, which ultimately gives you the answer you need – your water heater’s age. Congratulations! Now you can prepare accordingly and plan ahead based on the age of your water heater. 

Schedule a Professional Inspection: 

If you still are encountering difficulties determining your water heater’s age, our certified plumbers would be delighted to assist you during your next seasonal checkup. Don’t hesitate to reach out! 

Remember, we are here for all of your plumbing needs! Call Pickerington Plumbing & Drain today at (614) 350-1955, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!