5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater

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You depend on your water heater for a lot of things. Could you imagine how miserable you would be starting your day off without that nice hot shower in the morning? Your water heater is a staple in your home. One you don’t often think about until there’s something wrong with it.

Sometimes all it needs is a repair by a professional, but eventually your water heater is going to be beyond help and will need to be replaced. If your water heater is getting on in years, its best to look out for signs indicating the need to replace it before it breaks down altogether, leaving you without hot water.

As a homeowner, it’s important that you know indications pointing to the need for a water heater replacement. Below, we’ve listed a few common signs for you to watch out for.

1. Age

Hot water heaters have a limited lifespan. Although they often last upwards of 10 years, they are not intended for use past that period. If you are unsure how old your water heater is, you can check the serial number listed on the manufacturer’s sticker. This number will start with a letter, followed by a series of numbers. The first 2 numbers indicate the year of the manufacture date.

2. Discoloured Water

If your hot water comes out with a rusty flavour or a red tint, it could be from rust inside of your water heater. Like all metals, the metal inside your hot water tank can rust with time, leaving you with rusty water which is simply unsafe and should be replaced as soon as possible.

3. Unusual Noises

Are you hearing clunking, banging and other loud rumbling noises from your water heater? This could be due to sediment beginning to build up when the heater is in use. This could indicate a need for replacement in older tanks or might be more easily solved with a tank flush performed by a certified plumber.

4. Leaking

When something leaks that’s not supposed to, that’s always a bad sign. When it’s a tank filled with hot water? Definitely not good! When the metal in a water heater becomes hot, it contracts and expands. The metal in older, overused heaters may begin to crack, causing leaks around your water heater. If you notice puddles when the heater is in use, you likely have a leak, which could indicate the need for a new heater.

5. Inadequate Heating

Naturally, a water heater with one foot in the grave will begin to lose function. If your hot water is no longer coming out hot or is only hot some of the time, it may be time to replace the heater. Sometimes the devices and mechanisms inside will wear down or break, causing your heater to stop heating. In some cases, this may require a simple repair. However, it could also require a full replacement.

Whether you’re interested in a brand new tank water heater, or looking to transition into a tankless one, Crystal Heating and Cooling has you covered. Every home uses hot water supply differently, so it’s important to understand the different types of water heaters and features best suited for your household needs. Let the experts at Crystal help you choose from a variety of brand name eco-friendly tank/tankless water heaters for your home. Contact us today at 519-756-6888 to get started.