Inspection Training

How to Determine the Water Heater Age

The water heater age is one thing that will always be important to your clients, so it is important that the inspector knows how to properly look up the age of the water heater. Any water heater that is older than 10 years should be noted under Repair/Replace. Please review the below procedure:

 

NACHI SOP

International Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection

 

3.6. Plumbing

 

I. The inspector shall inspect:

N/A

 

II. The inspector shall describe:

N/A

 

III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:

N/A

 

IV. The inspector is not required to:

B. Measure the capacity, temperature, age, life expectancy or adequacy of the water heater.

 

Axium SOP Differences

Axium Requires: The inspector will determine the age of the water heater by checking the manufacturer label, if visible.

 

Tools Needed

  • The one tool that the inspector will use to check the year of manufacture is the website http://www.buildingcenter.org. This website can find the year that the water heater was manufactured if you have the serial number of the unit

 

Procedure

  • While the inspector is observing the water heater they will check the manufacturer label to determine the age of the water heater. There is one picture for this section and it should show the manufacturer label and the serial number should be able to be read clearly in the photo. If the water heater is more than 10 year old it should go under repair/replace since water heaters are expected to last 10-15 years. We also want to make sure we can see the capacity of the water heater in this photo.

 

Common Defects

  • The water heater is more than 10 years old.

 

Common Mistakes

  • Determining the wrong year that the unit was manufactured.
  • Not taking a clear picture of the label where you can read the year of manufacture and the capacity of the water heater.
  • Not calling out the age of the water heater as a defect if it is more than 10 years old.
Clear Photo
Clear Photo
Blurry Photo
Blurry Photo

 

Report / Software

IN


  • The water heater was [word 1] and within its expected service life. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these major appliances are intended to run for between 10 and 15 years. Be advised that every water heater will age differently relative to the following life span factors: Water quality, mineral buildup, frequency of maintenance, volume of water utilized, size of tank, brand and quality of water heater. Although it was operating at the time of the inspection, the inspector can not determine the remaining life of the water heater.
    • Age
    • New
    • 1-30 Years Old

NI

  • The age of the water heater could not be determined at the time of the inspection. The water heater [word 1].
    • Insulated
    • No Label

NP

  • The age of the water heater could not be determined at the time of the inspection. The water heater [word 1].
    • Insulated
    • No Label

RR

  • The water heater was [word 1] and at or past its warranty and/or expected service life. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, these major appliances are intended to run for between 10 and 15 years. Be advised that every water heater will age differently relative to the following life span factors: Water quality, mineral buildup, frequency of maintenance, volume of water utilized, size of tank, brand and quality of water heater. Although it was operating at the time of the inspection, the inspector can not determine the remaining life of the water heater.
    • Age
    • New
    • 1-30 Years Old

 


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