Commercial building water heaters have an effective lifespan. During a commercial building inspection we often find water heaters in the ceiling. Commercial water heaters have an effective age that restricts the amount of time they are useful operationally. Water heaters build up sediment as they heat water throughout the years. This sediment can affect thier efficacy and cause leakage that hidden in the ceiling, can cause damage to other system components without the knowledge of any maintenance crews until they fail completely. Complete failure can result in extensive damage and very high repair costs, compared to the cost of replacing them at a scheduled replacement date. During a commercial building inspection or property condition report we give the client the ages of all components, their remaining effective lives, and costs to replace these items. https://www.oracleic.com/contact-us/
Often as in the photo, these water heaters are installed without the required seismic straps, or much protection to the surrounding area. One leak and given its hidden nature it will cause thousands in repair costs.