Your trusty water heater works diligently in the background of your daily routine, providing you with comforting warm showers, clean dishes, and fresh laundry. Yet, similar to any other household appliance, water heaters possess a finite lifespan, which is around 8-12 years. Embracing the notion of tracking your water heater’s age is a prudent decision. Knowing your water heater’s age can shield you from unforeseen surprises. Follow these steps provided by your experts at Middletown Plumbing & Drain to unveil your water heater’s age. 

Find the Installation Date: 

If you still have your installation records, determining your water heater’s age should be an easy process. Once you have found the installation date, you’ll have your answer. If, however, you don’t have the paperwork on your water heater anymore – no problem. You can follow the steps below to figure out how old your unit is. 

Find the Serial Number: 

Your next best option to figure out your water heater’s age is to pinpoint the manufacture date. Most water heaters have a product label with a serial number on it. You will need the serial number to decode the manufacture date of the unit. Generally, this alphanumeric sequence contains a combination of letters and numbers. Many manufacturers cleverly encode the manufacturing date within this sequence, though the pattern might vary. If you can’t find the serial number on the product label (on the water heater), try looking in the user manual if you still have it. You can also look on the manufacturer’s website as a last option for guidance on finding the serial number. 

Use Online Resources: 

Once you have found the serial number, it’s time to try to decode it for the manufacture date. Do this by: 

  • Writing down your water heater’s brand and serial number. 
  • Then accessing your preferred online search engine. 
  • Finally, enter these details and the term “manufacture date” into your preferred search engine. 

This approach should yield a selection of websites offering precise instructions on how to decode your water heater’s manufacture date using the provided serial number. 

Schedule a Professional Inspection: 

If your attempts to decipher your water heater’s age remain unsuccessful, rest assured that Middletown Plumbing & Drain is here to help. During your next scheduled seasonal checkup, feel free to ask your scheduled plumber, and they would be more than ready and willing to help. 

We can help with all your plumbing needs! Call Middletown Plumbing & Drain today at (937) 298-9979, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here