12 Point Inspection of Hot Water Heaters

  1. General Condition (Is it Level)
  2. Connections (Gas & Electrical)
  3. Venting (12” Vertical before Elbow, ¼” Rise/ft. on Horizonal Vent)
  4. Attic (At least 6” Clearance on Vent Pipe in Attic)
  5. TP Valve (TP valve must have a Drain Pipe)
  6. Rust/Corrosion (Check for Rust & or Corrosion)
  7. Drain Pan (Not necessary, but suggested)
  8. Straps (May or may not be necessary)
  9. Anode Rod (Just explain to Client)
  10. 120 degree (Shouldn’t be any higher)
  11. Gas (Check for Gas Leaks)
  12. Data Tag/CO2 Check

The life of a hot water tank varies by manufacture. But generally, 7 to 10 to 12 year’s. 60% efficient, meaning for every $1 you spend, you lose $.40. Annual maintenance of draining water tank is suggested.

7 Point Inspection of Tankless Water Heater/On Demand Water System

  1. General Condition (Is it Level)
  2. Connections (Gas & Electrical)
  3. Venting (Proper intake & exhaust. Area properly vented)
  4. TP Valve (TP valve must have a Drain Pipe).
  5. Gas (Check for Gas Leaks)
  6. Proper Venting
  7. Data Tag/CO2 Check

Tankless water heaters only operate when you need hot water. 96% efficient, meaning for every $1 you spend, you only lose $.04. Therefore, the life of an On-demand water heater, with proper maintenance, could last 4x longer than a conventional hot water tank. Annual maintenance is to flush out with vinegar. Check YouTube.

Standard Hot Water Heater

Element for Electrical Hot Water Heaters

Tankless Hot Water Heater

Tankless Hot Water Heater

Proper Venting