Operating quietly in the background, your water heater provides warm showers, clean dishes, fresh laundry, and much more. Yet, like any other household appliance, water heaters have a limited lifespan of 8-12 years. Thus, we believe it’s prudent to track your water heater’s age. Now, we understand that adding another date to remember may not be your top priority, but again – knowing your water heater’s age can prove invaluable. Knowing beforehand can shield you from unpleasant surprises. Here are some steps from your Narrow Path Plumbing professionals through the following steps. 

Look for the Installation Date on Your Records: 

If you still have the paperwork from your water heater’s installation, finding the answer could be as easy as finding your paperwork. However, if you don’t have the paperwork anymore, no worries. Simply proceed to the points below. 

Locate the Serial Number: 

Most water heaters have a manufacturer’s label or product labels that will contain the unit’s serial number. Once you find the serial number, you’ll use that to decode the manufacture date. Usually, the serial number has an alphanumeric combination comprised of letters and numbers. Many manufacturers ingeniously encode the manufacturing date within this sequence, though the arrangement may vary. If you can’t find the serial number on the product label, you can try looking in the user manual if you still have that or try the manufacturer’s website to locate it. 

Use Online Resources: 

Now that you have found the serial number, you’ll need to use it to unveil the manufacture date. So, go ahead and write down the water heater’s brand and serial number. Then using your preferred online search engine, type in the brand, serial number, and the words “manufacture date” in the search bar. Then click the search key. With some luck, you should have several websites populated that will walk you through the step-by-step process of decoding your water heater’s age. 

Ask at Your Next Inspection: 

If your attempts to unravel your water heater’s age continue to remain fruitless, remember that your Narrow Path Plumbing professionals are always ready to help! During your next scheduled seasonal checkup, any of our certified plumbers will be more than happy to help you find out how old your water heater is. 

Call Narrow Path Plumbing today at (937) 623-2619, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here! 

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